2019 Ford Fusion vs 2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion vs 2019 Nissan Altima

For the 2019 model year, both the Fusion and the Altima have been refreshed, adding more safety and infotainment options than in previous years. But which contender gives a more convincing case for the title of top midsize sedan? No matter how you crunch the numbers, the 2019 Ford Fusion provides an all-around better value than the 2019 Nissan Altima. Keep reading to see why.

Hop into either midsize sedan and the first thing you’ll notice is the cabin. The Altima’s interior, while decent, is noticeably more congested than the Fusion. Whether you’re perched behind the wheel or kicking back in the rear seats, the Fusion has more head and legroom to offer. And this expanded interior is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Ford Fusion’s advantages over the Nissan Altima.

2019 Ford Fusion


2019 Nissan Altima

$22,840 Starting MSRP $23,900
102.8 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 100.8 Cubic Feet
16.0 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume 15.4 Cubic Feet
325 hp / 390 lb.-ft. Max. Horsepower / Max. Torque 248 hp / 273 lb.-ft.

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On its own, the 2019 Nissan Altima’s technology package isn’t half bad. But compared to the 2019 Ford Fusion’s exceptional suite of driver-assistance features, the Altima is about as tech-savvy as a horse-drawn carriage. Even the base-level Fusion S is brimming with advanced standard features like automatic windshield wipers, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Looking at the 2019 Altima, many of these features aren’t even available until you scale about halfway up the trim lineup to the Altima SV. By this point, you’re faced with an MSRP of $28,080 to enjoy all the features that come standard on the Fusion S at $22,840.

If you reckon yourself more of an engine enthusiast, the Fusion is doubtlessly the more fitting choice for you. The 2019 Nissan Altima’s top-tier 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine maxes out shamefully at 248 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. And if you’re still looking to upgrade to that tepid VC-Turbo, you better be ready to dish out an extra $4,000. The engine is only standard on the limited-edition Altima ONE. The Sport trim level caps the 2019 Fusion lineup with a 2.7-liter turbo V6 engine that cranks out 325 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the indisputable victor.