2016 Ford Fusion vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat
2016 Ford Fusion 2016 Volkswagen Passat
175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 170-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder
3 Engine Options 2
25 city/37 highway Best Fuel Economy 25 city/38 highway
Yes Available AWD No

2016 Ford Fusion vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat

2016 Ford Fusion interior

Very few vehicles classes are as flush with competition as the midsize sedan segment. Long the traditional family car, drivers expect these vehicles to deliver excellent safety and fuel economy ratings, yet still offer enough power to be fun to drive. The 2016 Ford Fusion vs the 2016 Volkswagen Passat compares two of the heavy-hitters in the midsize sedan class.

When looking at the base engines of both cars, the 2016 Ford Fusion jumps out to an early lead. Each base Fusion comes equipped with a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower. The Passat offers a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Despite the turbo, the Passat’s engine falls short of the Fusion, producing only 170 horsepower.

The Ford Fusion also takes the win in the engine variety category, offering three total engine options compared to only two available on the VW Passat. In addition to the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, the Fusion offers two turbocharged EcoBoost engines. The first is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that increases the horsepower to 181. This EcoBoost is also the most fuel-efficient engine available on the Fusion, offering an estimated 25 city/37 highway miles per gallon. For the most power, the third engine, a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, is the way to go. This engine maxes out the Fusion’s horsepower at 240.

2016 Ford Fusion Safety Features

Safety may be the most important aspect of a family sedan. Both the Ford Fusion and the Volkswagen Passat earned five-star government safety ratings, the highest possible score. Both cars also include a rearview camera as standard equipment. However, there is one significant safety aspect where the Passat is lacking. The Ford Fusion offers the option for all-wheel drive, a feature that is not available on the Passat. For drivers living in areas where inclimate weather is a concern, the added traction provided by AWD can be an extremely useful feature.

All of these great performance and safety attributes of the 2016 Ford Fusion surround a comfortable and practical interior. The Fusion offers features like Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB connectivity, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and upholstery, heated seats and a 12-speaker Sony sound system. At the end of the day, very few cars can match the 2016 Ford Fusion.

2016 Ford Fusion white front