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2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion in Merrillville, IN

2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion Merrillville, IN


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There are so many midsize sedans to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you out, the product specialists at Southlake Nissan have taken two popular models, the 2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 S and 2017 Ford Fusions S, and done the research for you. In this article each model’s performance, car design, and safety features will be compared head-to-head.


Is the 2017 Nissan Altima everything you wanted and more? Find your favorite Altima in the inventory of our Nissan dealership in Merrillville, IN and schedule a test drive today!


2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion: Exterior


Either model will satisfy drivers looking for a stylish driving companion, but the Nissan Altima’s design provides style and practicality. Take its aggressive, V-shaped grille and sculpted C-pillar, for instance. The grille is composed of Active Grille Shutters, which automatically close when you reach high speeds to aid in the Altima’s efficiency. The C-pillar also increases aerodynamics by smoothly relaying the roofline and truck lid, helping the new Altima slip through air. While sporty, the Ford Focus doesn’t offer aerodynamics like this.


Additional Available Altima Exterior Features:


  • 16-in. Steel wheels
  • Smart Auto Headlights
  • Dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • UV-reducing solar glass
  • Nine stylish colors


2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion: Interior


2017 Nissan Altima Interior


Both the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion do a great job of providing comfortable cabins with high-quality materials. Tall passengers won’t mind riding in either sedan thanks to the generous legroom in the front and back rows. See for yourself which interior is more appealing to you and your lifestyle.


  • Six speakers will entertain you and your passengers in the new Nissan Altima, unless you can live with the four speaker audio system included with the Ford Fusion.
  • Access your audio system features with ease on the 5-in. color monitor or attempt to read what’s on the Ford model’s 2.3-in. screen.
  • Uncomfortable? Adjust your seating position with the manual six-way driver’s seat on both models.


Are you still weighing your car options? Browse our model research pages until you find your favorite Nissan model.


2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion: Engine Specs & Performance


Both the new Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion offer a comfortable driving experience, but we prefer the Altima’s more refined ride. The six-speed transmission of the Ford Fusion isn’t nearly as smooth and responsive as the Xtronic CVT® transmission on the reengineered Nissan Altima. It’s barely noticeable and contributes to the outstanding MPG of the taut Altima. Pair that with its superior handling, which remains crisp in corners, and there is no way you can go wrong with this Nissan model.


2017 Nissan Altima


2017 Ford Fusion

2.5L DOHC I-4


2.5L Duratec® I-4

179 HP @ 6,000 RPM


175 HP @ 6,000 RPM

177 lbs.-ft @ 4,000 RPM


175 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

27/39 MPG

City/Highway MPG

21/32 MPG

Xtronic CVT®


Six-speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission


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2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion: Safety


Take advice from the IIHS and NHTSA and go with the 2017 Nissan Altima. Both federal agencies gave the new Altima high marks for safety, earning it the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and an overall five star rating from the NHTSA. The Ford Focus received acceptable ratings and expanded its safety options this year, but it still wasn’t enough to outrank the Nissan Altima.


Nissan Altima Safety Features:


  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Advanced Air Bag System with side-curtain and seat-mounted airbags
  • LATCH seat system
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display and Easy-Fill Tire Alert


Schedule a Test Drive at Southlake Nissan


Does the 2017 Nissan Altima sound like the stalwart driving companion you need? Schedule a test drive at Southlake Nissan! To get in touch with a representative at our Nissan dealership in Merrillville, IN, complete our online contact form or give us a call at (888) 862-0083 during business hours. Our representatives are waiting and looking forward to assisting you!


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