Ford Fusion vs. Toyota Camry

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Bobber, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Bobber

    Bobber Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    8,567
    188
    63
    Management/Sales
    Hudson, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +297 / 11 / -0
    Maybe it's not a fair comparison, but I rented a 4 cylinder Camry earlier in the year for about a week and I just got done driving a Ford Fusion while my other car was getting fixed. The Fusion was 3 or 4 years old and was a plain Jane model with few options and a 4 cylinder engine. The sizes seemed similar however I think the Fusion trunk was quite a bit bigger.

    Toyota won hands down. Much quieter engine with better get up and go and geared much better. The Fusion was okay once you got up to top speed, but what a loud engine when accelerating! Seem underpowered relative to the Toyota. Wind noise also seemed to be greater in the Ford(that surprised me a bit as my Taurus is extremely quiet on the road).

    Both got really good mileage.
     
  2. CarlHungus

    CarlHungus Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    8,340
    884
    113
    Financial
    Ankeny
    Ratings:
    +2,511 / 64 / -0
    I don't know much about the Fusion, but I love my Camry. I know it will last me over 250K if I take care of it. I don't know if you can say that about the Fusion, but like I said, I really don't know much about the Fusion
     
  3. cowgirl836

    cowgirl836 Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2009
    33,235
    2,351
    113
    Ratings:
    +7,836 / 186 / -1
    when we were car shopping, we drove the Fusion I4 and it seemed really underpowered. Slow to accelerate and just seemed like you were working it hard the whole time. Definitely liked the V6 better, though we went with something else. Never did get to try a Camry.
     
  4. kingcy

    kingcy Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    20,752
    584
    113
    Male
    Farm
    Menlo, Iowa
    Ratings:
    +1,327 / 50 / -0
    When test driving Ford Escapes this summer the 6 cylinder was a HUGE upgrade from the 4. If all they had was 4 cylinders I wouldnt have bought one.
     
  5. ruxCYtable

    ruxCYtable Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    5,466
    351
    83
    Male
    Ratings:
    +686 / 44 / -0
    The 2013 Fusions are supposed to be improved. I really don't think you could go wrong with either one. I like the look of the Fusion better. Toyota has historically been a more reliable brand but I think Ford has made great strides in that area. Their quality ratings have been down recently but mostly due to their touch-screen units.
     
  6. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    16,453
    621
    113
    50131
    Ratings:
    +1,113 / 53 / -0
    Both good and boring
     
  7. MeanDean

    MeanDean Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    5,653
    820
    113
    Male
    Retired Civil Engineer
    Clarence IA-Jensen Beach FL
    Ratings:
    +1,719 / 9 / -0
    Eco-boost 4 is new in the Fusion this year. Greatly improved power and minor improvement in gas mileage. They are still selling the old 4 cylinders so be careful because it seems like that's mostly what is on the lots so far. I'm planning on buying a 4 cylinder w/Eco-boost in the spring. I test drove one about a month ago and power quite good.
     
  8. StClone

    StClone Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    2,407
    146
    63
    Wisconsin
    Ratings:
    +281 / 12 / -0
    I looked at Fusion, Camry and comparable Honda. I thought they all were boring. On a suggestion of a friend I tried the Hyundai Sonata. Hands down I could not give one reason to buy any of the more expensive cars for what you get with the Sonata. The only suggestion he had was to buy the Sonata and inject sound proofing and still save tons.

    My friend's family owns four Hyundai models (Sonata, Elantra) and have almost 400K miles and have had three minor problems (a filter changed solved one, a recall to replace seat restrain another, and lubricant on a rear window).

    I have many Toyota devotee friends and they absolutely baby their cars...makes me wonder if the baby treatment is part of the mystique of their longevity. And Toyata still has some conitinuing recalls. Hyundai not so much.
     
  9. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    16,453
    621
    113
    50131
    Ratings:
    +1,113 / 53 / -0
    #9 dmclone, Dec 8, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012

    I would put Hyundai right up there with The Japanese on most of their models.

    I also don't worry so much about recalls. They've become a lot more common for ever car company. A lot of these recalls are tiny. I think the biggest recommendation would be not to buy a first year model from my car maker.

    I would also read a lot of forums. Just in the last week after doing research in cars I found out some huge issues. A lot if VW TDI's have issues that can cost over $8k. I also was looking at a MB c63 AMG and learned that the tires last about 8k miles regardless of tire used. Audi S5's have engine sludge problems. BMW has had major issues with fuel pumps on certain models.

    Here is info on the vw diesel issue
    http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=286380
     
  10. cdekovic

    cdekovic Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    1,099
    32
    48
    Ames
    Ratings:
    +41 / 0 / -0
  11. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    6,991
    268
    83
    Male
    Des Moines
    Ratings:
    +606 / 64 / -0
    To be fair, isn't the proper comparison Taurus vs Camry?
     
  12. besserheimerphat

    besserheimerphat Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    4,456
    437
    83
    Male
    Reliability Engineer
    Mount Vernon, WA
    Ratings:
    +1,153 / 25 / -0
    The 2013 4 cylinder EcoBoost engine has a recall (for both the Escape and Fusion) for flammable liquids that leak onto hot exhaust components and start fires. Nearly 90,000 vehicles have been recalled, of which I think 14,000 were Fusions. 13 total fires reported.
     
  13. JD720

    JD720 Active Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    752
    50
    28
    Ratings:
    +63 / 0 / -0
    No. The Fusion and Camry are mid size. The Taurus and Avalon are in the larger class.
     
  14. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    10,981
    849
    113
    Sommerset
    Ratings:
    +2,378 / 62 / -0
    Not to derail but Avalon's are fantastic cars. My dad had one that he put more than 260k on it, and only gave it oil changes. Incredibly reliable.

    We recently looked at the Taurus, and for some reason, it felt really tall to me. I just couldn't get over it.
     
  15. jdoggivjc

    jdoggivjc Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    45,164
    2,217
    113
    Publications Manager
    Macomb, MI
    Ratings:
    +4,949 / 104 / -1
    I would probably love it then. I can't drive most compact cars and I feel really tall in a lot of midsized cars.
     
  16. Let's Go State

    Let's Go State Well-Known Member

    Nov 6, 2007
    1,868
    57
    48
    Male
    Sales Manager, Manager Training
    West Coast (of Iowa)
    Ratings:
    +60 / 1 / -0
    I believe that the Toyota Camry at Wilson Toyota of Ames is superior to any other vehicle known or yet to be known...
     

Share This Page