Sometimes you want to put a car next to its very best competitor so you see how it shakes out. That's exactly what we've done here. Two heavyweights in the four-door sedan class go wheel-to-wheel in this contest of the fittest and fiercest mid-size cars. Only one can be declared a winner, so let's get started.
Price: 2019 Ford Fusion
It's impractical to expect buyers to cough up any amount of money for a car. That's why price matters. The Ford Fusion is priced to sell in 2019 at $22,840 starting MSRP. What do you get for that low price? The Fusion S comes with a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, push-button start, Ford MyKey, four-speaker stereo system, voice-activated SYNC interface, rearview camera, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. At the other end, the most expensive Fusion is the V6 Sport that, as you might imagine, boasts the best engine: a 325-horsepower, turbocharged V6 engine along with all-wheel drive and some luxury features.
The Toyota Camry is a bit pricier, starting at about $1,000 more. The base engine on a Camry is a 203-horsepower four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include Entune infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen, six-speaker audio system, USB port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free, and Apple CarPlay. If those features appeal to you, those extra features on the Camry might hold some appeal. If they don't, the Fusion's lower price tag is a selling point. But real value is more than just an affordable price, so let's keep going.
Cargo Capacity: 2019 Ford Fusion
It might be a minor detail, but a small trunk can eventually turn into a big headache. Think overhead-airline-compartment headache. Lucky for you, the 2019 Ford Fusion has one of the largest trunks in its class, offering 16 cubic feet. That's five suitcases and a couple of grocery bags. Meanwhile, the Toyota Camry offers just 14.1 cubic feet. That's on the shallow end, resigning the Camry to having one of the worst cargo capacities in its class. If you have places to go and things to bring along, you'll want the Ford Fusion.
Infotainment and Tech: 2019 Ford Fusion
Yes, we'll sing the praises of the SYNC 3 system, found on the 2019 Ford Fusion and other vehicles in the Ford lineup. SYNC 3 is fast, easy-to-use and pairs to your smartphone with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Standard tech on the Fusion includes push-button start, Ford's MyKey, four-speaker stereo system, and voice-activated SYNC interface. Available features include 12-speaker Sony audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Wi-Fi hot spot, SYNC 3 infotainment system, 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation. We really don't have any complaints with these tech offerings.
The Toyota Camry has great tech too, including an intuitive, responsive, and newly upgraded Entune infotainment system and redundant physical knobs and buttons for its controls. But there are two dings to otherwise great tech in the Toyota Camry. One, there is no Android Auto available for any amount of money. If you're an Apple guy or gal, that might not be a problem. But for the rest of us, that could be a deal breaker. Two, the problem compounds because the in-cabin navigation doesn't even function with an integrated smartphone. If you have an Android device in your pocket, the Camry might be a frustrating car for you.