2015 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Ford Fusion

2015 Nissan Altima

Regina and Swift Current drivers needn’t bother comparing the 2015 Nissan Altima to the 2016 Ford Fusion. We’ve done the hard work for them, and it’s plain to see that the Altima easily exceeds the competition.

Powertrain Performance

A 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine comes as standard with the 2015 Nissan Altima, offering 182 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Those are impressive figures for an entry-level engine – especially considering efficiency ratings of 8.7 L/100km in the city and 6.2 on the highway. However, Regina and Swift Current drivers with a taste for adrenalin can opt for the available 3.5L V6 – capable of generating a mighty 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque while still earning 10.3 L/100km in the city and 7.4 on the highway.

The 2016 Ford Fusion cannot compete. There are four engines available, but the standard 2.5L I-4 i-VCT fails to live up to the Altima with only 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, and the available 2.0L Ti-VCT EcoBoost I-4 supplies only 240 horsepower. Even worse, efficiency peaks at 9.4 L/100km in the city and 6.3 on the highway. Yep, the Fusion drinks more fuel while producing less power.

Efficiency Evolved

It isn’t just the fuel-sipping powertrain which makes the 2015 Nissan Altima so efficient – every element of the vehicle has been optimized with that goal in mind. Design choices include:

  • Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT): The 2016 Ford Fusion’s old-fashioned 6-speed automatic transmission can’t match the Altima’s standard CVT system, which eliminates fixed gears to cycle efficiently at any speed.
  • Aerodynamic Body: The Altima’s competitive fuel-economy and acceleration allows you to go the distance faster and further than the Fusion. That’s aided by the Altima’s drop in weight and noticeable focus on a streamlined appearance.
  • PUREDRIVE: The PUREDRIVE badge stands as a testament to the Altima’s ability to improve fuel efficiencies and reduce CO2 emissions. It helps Regina and Swift Current drivers spend less at the pump, and it helps the environment.

First-Rate Features

The superior attention to detail evident in the 2015 Nissan Altima’s approach to performance and efficiency is equally apparent when it comes to standard features. The following are fitted in every Altima model, but not in every model of the 2016 Ford Fusion:

  • Fog Lamps: Safety shouldn’t be something you’re charged extra for, so Nissan has ensured superior visibility in adverse conditions with standard fog lamps.
  • Remote Trunk Release: Convenience touches don’t have to be high-tech. Sometimes – as with the remote trunk release – they’re just about making your drive that little bit easier.
  • Zero Gravity Seats: NASA research determined the posture of astronauts in zero gravity. Nissan engineers applied it to the Altima – creating front seats which enhance comfort and reduce fatigue.

Experience the 2015 Altima at Knight Nissan

The 2015 Nissan Altima is in a league of its own. To experience one for yourself, just come down to Knight Nissan. We can’t wait to see our Regina and Swift Current customers soon.