For world-class seating comfort and quick-acting powertrains, look to the 2019 Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. Both are ready to tackle your daily drive, but which should you choose? Our comparison guide takes a closer look at these popular midsize sedans.
Maximum Comfort: 2019 Nissan Altima
For passenger comfort, sedans are known for being highly competitive. Both the 2019 Altima and the Fusion get high marks for space, with plenty of room in both rows for hips, heads, and legs. Both sedans also offer a laundry list of comfort features, too, like leather upholstery and heated seats.
But the Altima ultimately takes the lead, thanks in part to its NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seats. Their contours are designed to fit your body and the cushioning strikes that just-right balance of comfort and support. Long commutes and road trips are better from these seats; that’s for sure.
Top-Notch Performance and Fuel Economy: 2019 Nissan Altima
The newly redesigned Altima delivers a better performance than ever before, offering new features like sporty all-wheel drive and a punchy turbocharged engine. But it’s also the thriftier of the two sedans, giving you up to 28 city and 39 highway miles per gallon.
We also have to give the Ford Fusion high marks for sportiness. This sedan also offers optional turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive. The former gets you up to speed in a flash and the latter is great for anyone living in a cold-weather climate. However, the Fusion lags behind in the fuel economy department, with max EPA ratings of 23/34 mpg.
Modern Tech Offerings: 2019 Nissan Altima
Both the 2019 Altima and Fusion are ready to keep you connected with all the latest infotainment gear and smartphone integration technology. However, the Altima comes standard with features that require an upgrade on the Fusion. For example, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay—tech that displays smartphone apps on the 8-inch central touchscreen—is standard equipment. And the aforementioned 8-inch touchscreen is also standard. You also get four standard USB ports to keep your devices up and going.
Back on the Ford Fusion, you can find an 8-inch touchscreen. You just have to upgrade to at least the midgrade SE model to get it. The same goes for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But you never get quite as many USB ports as in the Altima, unfortunately.
Best in Safety: 2019 Ford Fusion
First, the good news: both the 2019 Fusion and Altima earned perfect five-star ratings in government crash tests. However, only the Ford Fusion comes standard with all the latest safety aids. That means you get potential lifesavers like blind-spot monitoring and forward collision mitigation at no extra cost. The Nissan Altima offers driver aids, starting with its midgrade SV trim model, so you do need to spend a little more to get them.
Although both are big on safety and modern tech features, the 2019 Nissan Altima ultimately leaves the Ford Fusion in its dust. We think you’ll agree that this sedan is the best family hauler, commuter, and around-town adventurer.