Midsize Battle: Ford Fusion Vs. Volkswagen Passat

The midsize sedan market has always been a highly competitive area for automakers. This is because these are often chosen as a middle ground for families who need more space, but do not want to pay for the gas to drive an SUV. While SUVs have improved over the last few years, they still cannot compete with a sedan when it comes to fuel economy, but what about within the midsize market? Here is why you may want to go pick up that Ford Fusion in Barrington.

Fuel Economy

It should be no surprise that fuel economy is the first thing to be compared. This is because of the nature of midsize sedans. They are meant to fill a middle ground that has room for passengers and storage but is still small enough to get decent gas mileage.

Starting with the Passat, it is offered with two engines; a 1.8L turbocharged engine is the base engine and is rated at 25/38mpg. These are respectable numbers; the second engine is a 3.6L V6 that produces 280hp, but only gets 20/28mpg.

Now, on to the Ford Fusion, the base engine in the Ford Fusion is a 2.5L making 175hp and is rated at 22/34. Where the Ford Fusion shines is with the availability of the Ecoboost engine and Hybrid models. The Ecoboost is a 2.0L turbocharged engine making240hp and getting 22/33mpg. The Hybrid models let drivers get up to 44/41 and is rated at 188hp.


Ford once again pulls ahead thanks to their cutting-edge technology. While Volkswagen has been recovering from their diesel scandal, Ford has been improving its lineup at every turn and technology has been at the forefront of it. The Ford offers features like vented seats, 12 speaker sound systems, and a heated steering wheel. There are many more features available for it, but these are not available on the Passat at all.

Both the Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat received five-star crash test ratings, so this is a draw. Either of these vehicles is going to keep you and your family safe if you have an accident. At the end of the day, though, the Ford Fusion beats out the Volkswagen Passat.

If you are looking for a Ford Fusion in Barrington, then check out Arlington Heights Ford. You can check their inventory at http://www.ahford.net/.

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