Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Toyota Camry Near Cleveland, GA

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2016 Ford Fusion

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2016 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Camry doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Fusion’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Camry has a metal gas tank.

Both the Fusion and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Toyota Camry:

Fusion

Camry

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

236

Neck Injury Risk

28%

33%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

462 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

479/545 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Toyota Camry:

Fusion

Camry

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

268

361

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

597 lbs.

975 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Camry:

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

170 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

248 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

Fusion

Camry

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

88.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion w/Start/Stop 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Camry 4 cyl. (25 city/37 hwy vs. 25 city/35 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Camry V6 (22 city/33 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camry doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Camry (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16). The Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (235/50R17 vs. 225/45R18).

The Fusion S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry LE’s standard 65 series tires. The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Camry XSE/Special Edition’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Camry’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camry doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Camry (112.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .85 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Fusion uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Camry doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a larger trunk than the Camry (16 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 25 inches, while the Camry’s liftover is 28.2 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Fusion (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Fusion’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Camry have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Camry prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Camry’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Fusion the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Camry can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Camry doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Fusion’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camry’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Fusion offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Fusion Titanium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Camry doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camry doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Toyota Camry, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2012 issue and they ranked the Ford Fusion SE two places higher than the Toyota Camry XLE.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Camry was Car of the Year in 2007.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The Camry has never been chosen.

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