2019 Ford Fusion vs 2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion vs 2019 Nissan Altima

After getting a mild redesign for 2019, the Ford Fusion continues to win hearts with its wide stance, handsome design and brimming list of feature offerings. On the Fusion’s tail, the Altima keeps the Ford sedan on its toes. Having received a more significant list of updates for the model year, does the Altima have what it takes to knock the Fusion off its pedestal? See for yourself when we pit the 2019 Ford Fusion and the 2019 Nissan Altima against each other in this model comparison.

Don’t let the title of midsize sedan lead you to believe these two models are the same in terms of spaciousness. From dashboard to boot, the Fusion packs more interior space than the Altima. In the trunk, a 0.6-cubic-foot lead in cargo volume offers a small but appreciated increase in area for Fusion drivers. The Fusion secures a more robust lead in passenger space, offering 2.0 cubic feet more space for occupants to stretch out than the Altima.

2019 Ford Fusion


2019 Nissan Altima

Starting MSRP $24,000
325 hp / 390 lb.-ft. Max. Horsepower / Torque 248 hp / 273 lb.-ft.
102.8 Cubic Feet Passenger Space 100.8 Cubic Feet
16.0 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 15.4 Cubic Feet

What Are the Main Differences Between the 2019 Ford Fusion and 2019 Nissan Altima?

The Fusion’s nine trim levels offer an attractive range of options for drivers with varying needs, including the bare-bones S, the luxury-laden Titanium, the athletic V6 Sport, three hybrid options and the all-electric Energi Titanium. The Altima offers a pretty solid lineup but brings far fewer options, as many models in its eight-trim selection are just VC-Turbo-equipped versions of other trims.

While we’re on the topic, we should note that that 2.0-liter VC-Turbo gets more hype from Nissan than it deserves. The top-end Altima engine maxes out at 248 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The Fusion’s V6-equipped Sport trim far surpasses that mark, offering up to 325 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Fusion excels in the realm of tech as well. Even at the base level, the Ford model offers a brimming list of standard features such as rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and collision warning with automatic emergency braking. On the Altima, many of these features a reserved for the far more expensive models on the top end of the lineup.