2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion
Looking for a practical commuter car? Then, you’ve probably considered the 2017 Nissan Altima or 2017 Ford Fusion. While both cars have a lot in common, there’s also a lot that sets them apart. For drivers in the Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown area who’d like to learn more, our team at Montgomeryville Nissan has created this informative car comparison.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the interior specifications, performance, and safety ratings of these two sedans so you can decide which one is right for you.
Ford Fusion vs Nissan Altima: Interior
The interiors of the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion are simple and comfortable. However, there’s noticeably less headroom in the front row of the Ford Fusion (just 39.2 inches compared to 40 inches in the 2017 Altima). There’s also less legroom for front row passengers (44.3 inches compared to 45 inches).
With less headroom and legroom, the driver and front seat passenger of the Ford Fusion might feel cramped. Meanwhile, the Nissan Altima offers spacious seating for all five passengers, including a 15.4 cubic foot trunk for packing cargo.
Altima vs. Fusion Performance Specs
Both sedans come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine. In the 2017 Nissan Altima, this engine has been carefully engineered to produce optimal power and response. Drivers will enjoy 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque for quick off the line acceleration or merging onto the highway.
Despite having an engine of the same size and with the same number of cylinders, the 2017 Ford Fusion only produces 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Nissan Altima comes standard with an efficiency-centric Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The CVT optimizes gear ratios for seamless transitions and improved response.
Industry Safety Ratings
The 2017 Nissan Altima was awarded a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was also named a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This designation is reserved for vehicles that earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness categories, have an advanced or superior front crash prevent rating, and acceptable or good headlight rating.
The Ford Fusion also received a 5-Star Overall Safety Pick, but was not named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ due to its poor headlight rating.
Learn More about the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion
If you’d like to learn more about the 2017 Nissan Altima and how it compares to the 2017 Ford Fusion, contact us today at Montgomeryville Nissan to schedule a personal test drive. Serving drivers from across the Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown area, we’ll walk you through all the different features and specifications of the Nissan Altima so you can decide if it’s the right car for you.