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2018 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $24,380 | Price yours

Above Average: Reputation, resale value, comfort, ease, standard safety

Below Average: Lack of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Consensus: Still just as comfortable but with an added sense of style, safety and performance

 

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2018 Ford Fusion

Starting Price: $23,090 | Price yours

Above Average: Exterior and interior style, fun-to-drive

Below Average: Rear seat access/roominess, resale values

Consensus: Excellent form, good function

 

The Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion showcase the best safety, technology and engineering accomplishments from each company. The Camry’s design is fairly new, taking the once conservative sedan to new heights of style and performance. Combining legendary Toyota reliability and resale with numerous standard safety features helped the Camry achieve a third place spot in KBB’s 2018 Best Resale Value Awards. Toyota’s Safety Sense P comes standard on every model, adding advanced driver assist system like adaptive cruise control, auto high beam plus forward collision warning and braking. The Fusion also offers these advanced safety features plus exclusive upgrades like automatic parking assist and inflatable rear seat belts, but all at extra cost and some not offered at all on base trims. However, when it comes to flexibility, the Fusion dominates the segment, offering the option of all-wheel drive plus numerous powertrain choices including a twin-turbocharged V6, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Fusion also offers a number of advanced technology features such as a configurable instrument cluster, the SYNC3 infotainment and connectivity system and Sony premium audio.

 

Similarities

The Fusion and Camry display a sporty and sleek design, have modern, feature-rich interiors and both offer a fuel-efficient hybrid model

 

Toyota Camry Advantages

Strong reliability and resale figures, standard safety features, comfortable ride, expressive styling

Ford Fusion Advantages

Wide range of engine options, advanced technology, sporty ride and handling, near-luxury interior on Platinum trim, available all-wheel drive

Final Recommendation

The Camry’s reputation for reliability and good resale will no doubt tug at your logical side, but the Fusion’s sporty nature, available all-wheel drive and numerous high-tech add-ons make it equally as desirable.

  2018 Toyota Camry 2018 Ford Fusion
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm 173 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm 174 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 34 mpg (29 city/41 hwy) 25 mpg (21 city/32 hwy)
Also Available 3.5L V6, hybrid 1.5L turbo I4, 2.0L turbo I4, 2.7L turbo V6, hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.2 inches 112.2 inches
Overall Length 192.1 inches 191.8 inches
Width 72.4  inches 72.9 inches
Height 56.9 inches 58.2 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 37.6 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 39.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, Front 42.1 inches 44.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.0 inches 38.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.7 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.7 inches 56.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.4 cu. ft. 102.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cu. ft. 16.0 cu. ft.
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