|2018 Toyota Camry||vs||2018 Ford Fusion|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||Engine||2.5L 4-Cylinder|
|203 HP @ 6600 rpm||Horsepower||175 HP @ 6000 rpm|
|29 City/41 Highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||21 City/32 Highway mpg*|
"Camry’s interior fits your needs and feeds your desires with pleasing finishes and textures. It meticulously blends colors and materials."
Midsize sedans are still hugely popular due to their ability to combine spaciousness, economy, and driving performance with a high level of affordability. The Toyota Camry has been excelling in this regard for the past three decades, which is why it is arguably the midsize sedan to beat. However, the perennial stalwart is not without challengers. One of the most formidable ones is the Ford Fusion, a stylish four-door ride that has been around since 2006. Now in its second production cycle with the 2018 model year, the Fusion is fresh off a facelift from the year before; there are no major changes this time around. By contrast, the Camry gets a thorough redesign as it welcomes its eighth production cycle—and continues its reign over the segment.
Long considered aesthetically unexciting, the Camry finally gets a major boost with its sleeker sheet metal to match its Ford counterpart. The Toyota vehicle uses more LEDs for its exterior lighting, thus providing brighter and longer-lasting illumination. Also, the side mirrors are power-adjustable: an ability that is missing from the base-level Fusion.
If performance is of extreme importance to you—even if you prefer a base-level, no-frills version of either vehicle—you are better off with the 2018 Toyota Camry. The standard engine is 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Although the standard workhorse on the 2018 Ford Fusion is also a 2.5-liter I4, it generates 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, which is 30 less horsepower and 10 less lb-ft of torque. Plus, while the Toyota sedan provides a peak combined fuel economy of 35 mpg with the same engine, that of the Fusion is measured much lower: at 25 mpg.
With the Camry’s brand-new design, Toyota was able to remove most of the cheap-looking plastics that hampered the car from being better-rated in terms of interior quality. A generally high-grade ambiance can be detected across all trims as a result. On the 2018 Fusion, you would have to make a trim upgrade to see less of the hard plastics, so there’s less consistency with the Ford vehicle.
The 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Ford Fusion have basic safety features such as a rearview camera, electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and automatic collision notification. However, the Camry possesses one of the deepest collections of safety features in the midsize sedan segment. As a result, it has much more to provide than the Fusion, such as smart stop technology, dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, and hill start assist control.
For infotainment, the 2018 Camry starts with an Entune™ multimedia system that includes six-speaker audio, a 7-inch touchscreen, Siri® Eyes Free for voice command ability, and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming. Also on board is the Scout GPS Link app, which you can pair with your smartphone to receive turn-by-turn navigations. By comparison, the 2018 Fusion has the voice-activated SYNC® 3 infotainment interface with four-speaker audio; you would need to upgrade the trim to get six speakers.
The Toyota difference.
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