2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Ford Fusion

Midsize sedans, you might say, are the quintessential car. If you would prefer not to have a small vehicle but also do not desire something full-sized, the midsize sedan is just right. These cars offer a lot to families and single drivers alike, and can fit a wide variety of budgets and lifestyle needs. Midsize sedans are the family car. They're the first car you drove when you finally got your license. They're the cars you see every day on the daily grind. Because these types of vehicles are so common, automakers must make sure their take on the style stands out from the rest. Let's take a look at two of these automobiles right now with a comparison of the 2017 Nissan Altima vs the 2017 Ford Fusion.

For the sake of this comparison, we will focus on the base model of each vehicle. When you place these cars side-by-side, the Altima stands out in a few key areas.

2017 Nissan Altima and 2017 Ford Fusion exteriors

2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 vs 2017 Ford Fusion S
179 HP Horsepower 175 HP
27/39 City/Hwy MPG Fuel Economy 21/32 City/Hwy MPG
18 Gallons Fuel Capacity 16.5 Gallons
Standard Navigation Optional in Higher Trims

More horsepower and fuel efficiency when you drive the Altima

One of the biggest draws of a midsize sedan is being able to drive a vehicle that drinks fuel in reasonable sips as opposed to gluttonous gulps while retaining a nifty amount of horsepower. The 2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 delivers 179 horsepower while still achieving 27 city and 39 highway miles per gallon. The 2017 Ford Fusion S nearly reaches the horsepower of the Altima at 175, but at 21 city and 32 highway miles per gallon, the fuel economy doesn't come close. When you couple the efficiency of the Altima with its 18-gallon fuel tank (again exceeding the Fusion), you may find yourself making fewer trips to the gas station over time, unless you want candy bars and a lottery ticket.

Speaking of trips, your vacations and road trips can be better assisted by a standard navigation system. Do you get navigation inside the Fusion? Only if you climb up the trim ladder will you receive those options.

The 2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 also comes standard with Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio systems, Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, and more. It's the kind of model that shines as an example of what a midsize sedan can do for you.

2017 Nissan Altima driving along coast at twilight
2017 Nissan Altima steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Nissan Altima interior front seating area
2017 Nissan Altima with its hood up seen from the top