The Toyota Camry was all-new for 2018.
The Ford Fusion and the Toyota Camry are two of the most well known midsize sedans on the market. The Camry was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, while the Fusion has been around for a while longer, last receiving a full redesign for 2013. Both boast plenty of interior space, a variety of powertrain options and great safety features. Since choosing between the two may seem challenging, we’ll break down the major differences below to help give you an idea of which is better for you.
The Camry received a radical redesign for 2018, giving it a much needed infusion of style and personality. This is especially evident in new SE and XSE models, which offer unique front and rear bumpers, 19-in wheels and a variety of aggressive styling touches.
The Camry is offered with two different gas engines, along with a hybrid option. The entry level engine is a 4-cylinder making 203 horsepower, while an optional V6 puts out 301 hp. All Camrys use front-wheel drive, as all-wheel drive is not an option. Four cylinder Camrys earn 32 miles per gallon in combined driving, while the V6 earns 26 mpg combined.
The Camry Hybrid uses a 4-cylinder engine mated to a hybrid system, putting out a total of 208 hp and returning a respectable 46 to 52 mpg combined, depending on trim level.
Camry prices start at $23,845 and exceeds $38,000 in fully-loaded V6 XSE trim.
The Fusion has been around in its current form since 2013. A redesign was scheduled for 2020, but Ford scrapped those plans to focus development budgets on the more profitable SUV segment, leaving the Fusion’s future in doubt. The Fusion offers a few different engine options. Base models come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder good for 175 hp and returning 25 mpg combined. Next in the hierarchy is a more efficient 1.5-liter turbo four making 181 hp and returning 27 combined. Next is a 2.0-liter turbo four that puts out 240 hp and returns 25 mpg combined with FWD, or 23 mpg with optional AWD. The Fusion offers a performance variant as well, known as the Fusion Sport. It comes with a 2.7-liter turbo V6 that makes 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque and returns 20 mpg overall. Each of the above engines come exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Fusion is also available in two efficiency-oriented variants: the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi, which offers a plug-in component. Both use a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mated to an electric motor. The Hybrid puts out 185 hp and returns 42 mpg combined. The Fusion Energi makes 195 total hp and returns the equivalent of 95 mpg, given that it can travel up to 22 miles on electric power alone.
The base price of a 2019 Ford Fusion S is $22,840 while a loaded V6 Sport model, which offers 325 horsepower and AWD, comes in at just over $40,000.
The Camry’s and the Fusion’s exterior dimensions are pretty similar. The 2019 Camry measures 192.1 inches long, 72.4 inches wide and 59.6 inches tall, while the Fusion is 191.8 inches long, 72.9 inches wide, and 58.2 inches tall.
Up front, the Camry offers 38.3 inches of interior headroom and 42.1 inches of legroom to the Fusion’s 39.2 inches of headroom and 44.3 inches of legroom. In the back seat, Camry passengers get 38.0 inches of headroom and 38.0 inches of legroom, while the Fusion offers 37.8 inches of headroom and 38.3 inches of legroom.
When it comes to cargo space, the Camry offers 14 cu ft., while the Fusion offers 16 cu ft.
With its 2018 redesign, the Camry gained a unique driver-oriented dashboard with all of the main controls angled toward the driver. Oddly, this serves to isolate the front seat passenger a bit, but given the rising popularity of SUVs, Toyota seems willing to make this sacrifice in order to further the Camry’s case as a mildly exciting vehicle. Overall, the Camry’s interior is certainly stylish, offering wood and aluminum trim options, along with a bright red leather option for XSE models. See the 2019 Toyota Camry models for sale near you
While the Camry’s dashboard is asymmetrical, the Fusion’s dashboard is very symmetrical. The Fusion’s center stack is rectangular, with an infotainment screen on top and HVAC controls at the bottom. The Fusion’s 6-speed automatic transmission eschews a traditional gear knob in favor of a rotary dial, freeing up space on the center console. Overall, the Fusion’s interior is dominated by blocky black plastic and despite having a clean design, looks a bit dated overall. See the 2019 Ford Fusion models for sale near you
The Camry is available with a panoramic moonroof, a head-up display, a 360-degree surround view camera, power driver and passenger seats, Sport and Eco modes, and paddle shifters on SE and XSE models.
The Fusion is available with such niceties as a power adjustable steering column, memory driver’s seat, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. That said, the Fusion lacks a panoramic sunroof and a head up display.
While the entry-level Fusion S comes with a very small center infotainment screen, starting with the SE trim, the Fusion adds a sizable 8-in screen running Ford’s Sync 3.0 infotainment system, which is regarded as being pretty good. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both offered. A 12-speaker Sony audio system is available on upper trims. The 2019 Ford Fusion comes with three 12 volt outlets and two USB ports.
The 2019 Toyota Camry comes standard with a 7-in touchscreen, while higher trim levels get a larger 8-in screen. The Camry comes with Toyota’s Entune infotainment system and lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This omission, coupled with the shortcomings of Toyota’s proprietary software, makes for an overall underwhelming experience. A JBL audio system is available. The 2019 Camry comes with one 12-volt outlet and either one or three USB ports, depending on trim level.
Altogether, the Fusion offers a well-rounded infotainment system, while the Camry’s offering leaves something to be desired.
In most JD Power brand dependability studies, Toyota comes in above the industry average, while Ford falls to the middle of the pack. Both Toyota and Ford offer a 3-year/36,000 mile basic and a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
The 2019 Toyota Camry and the Ford Fusion both perform well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash testing. The Fusion earns Top Safety Pick status, while the Camry performs well enough for the sought-after Top Safety Pick+ designation.
New to the Fusion for 2019 is Ford’s CoPilot360 system. Ford divides this into two separate packages — CoPilot360 Protect, which comes standard and consists of automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beams. Ford also offers CoPilot360 Assist, which brings adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, along with the 8-in center infotainment screen with Sync 3.0 and navigation. CoPilot360 Assist is available on all trim levels, and comes standard on Titanium, Sport, and Hybrid models.
Every 2019 Camry comes standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense P system, which consists of adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Optional are front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear automated emergency braking.
Breaking this down, the only difference between the available driver-assistance features on these two vehicles is that the Fusion offers parking assist, which the Camry does not, while the Camry offers rear automated emergency braking, which the Fusion does not.
Overall, the tech offered by both vehicles is pretty comprehensive, with both offering the majority of the available features as standard.
Despite being pretty old, the Fusion offers a lot of great available technology and powertrain options, allowing it to compete with the much newer Camry. Both vehicles are about the same size and offer excellent safety features. While the Camry’s interior design is slightly more modern than that of the Fusion’s, the Fusion offers more variety, with buyers able to choose from a range of potent turbocharged engines and available AWD, not to mention the availability of the V6 Sport trim, which makes for a compelling performance package at a reasonable price.
When it comes down to it, buyers looking for a basic midsize sedan in a base or middle-of-the-pack trim will probably enjoy the Camry for its modern design, while buyers wanting more performance will likely be amused by the Fusion’s unique offerings. Either way, both are compelling offerings, so a lot will come down to personal preference. Find a Toyota Camry for sale or Find a Ford Fusion for sale