• May 4, 2006
Husband-and-wife team Paul and Anita Lienert compared the two popular mid-sized sedans and, to their apparent surprise, the Fusion came out on top.

The two tied in exterior sheetmetal, with the Fusion appealing to those who like bling, bold, and American. The Camry, due to its redesign, moved up a segment for those desiring near-Lexus looks without the price tag. But the Fusion then proceeded to stomp Toyota's best-seller in subsequent rounds. The Lienerts were shocked at the lack of fit and finish in the Camry, the automaker's usual strong point.

Fusion then drove all over the Camry in the categories of ride, handling, and value. At a similar price, Ford's offspring offered a 221 horsepower 3.0-litre V-6 coupled with a six-speed automatic to the Camry's respectable 158-horsepower 2.4-litre I4 and its five-speed automatic. Agility? The Fusion is a driver's dream next to the oh-so comfortable Camry thanks to the sporty Mazda6 platform that underpins it. Only in safety features did the Camry score its lone win, offering airbags, side curtains, and many other features that cost extra in the Fusion. That won't be the case, however, for the 2007 model year as the Fusion will soon have those safety features standard.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The article says that the Fusion is assembled in Mexico while the Camry is assembled in the US.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a surprising verdict really. The Ford is a car for people who enjoy driving. The Toyota is an appliance for people who could car less about driving. I like to drive cars and be entertained behind the wheel. Not appliances and be lulled to sleep.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Definately a bizarre choice of models to compare. They should have taken a V6 Camry, added options to take it $25,650 +- $200 and then tell us how they compare. If the Fusion is oriented towards handling, compare it to a Camry SE.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is like saying the Mazda6 is better than the Camry ... it doesnt matter. Beleive it or not, not everyone wants a sporty family sedan .. otherwise the Mazda6 would have been a top seller years ago.

      And by making the Fusion sporty (and smaller) and the 500 too big, they have nothing that competes directly with the Camry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "7. good for ford. if more pepole buy ford,gm, cars there would not be so meny lay offs with the us. car compenys and the profits would stay in the usa. chrysler is not a us. compeny if more custumers would have bought them when they where a us. compeny they could of bought daimler."

      7. Good for Ford. If more people buy Ford and GM cars there would not be so many layoffs from the US car companies and the profits would stay in the USA. Chrysler is not a US company. If more customers would have bought from them when they were a US company they could have bought Daimler.

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      In reply, I would say that if Ford and GM would make better cars more people would buy from them. Also, it has been pointed out many times on Autoblog that the domestic car companies have large amounts of manufacturing in other countries and that companies like Toyota provide many jobs in the US.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Comparing the top model fusion(mazda 6) vs the base model camry shows that, these "Ford-minded" Lienerts underestimate the readers Knowledge about cars and it also makes their credibility questionable.They are from Detroit anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My fusion is OK. I would like it faster. if I had to do it over again, I would have chosen a G-35. My old contour was a bit faster and handled way better. At 75 to 95, the Fusion is all over the road in light wind. I would say the handling is terrible. I have taken it back to dealer twice and they aligned it for free, but did not take away the problem totaly. the issue is in the rear end. it fish-tails with the slightest bump or wind, etc. with all the reviews saying it is so great, I must have a problem. Dealer can't not find a problem with it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, yes and no. The particular engine that's in the TSX, combined with the handling and (in my case) Sportshift (think tiptronic) AT, plus a better combined gas mileage out of a 4Cyl (I couldn't believe the car was a 4), made me lean toward the Acura. It's got double the warranty of the Ford (bumper-to-bumper), free oil changes and inspections for as long as you own it, they'll pick your car up and service it and then bring it back to you, all the while providing a comparable loaner, and a few more minor things.

      I just liked the way the TSX drove more than the Milan. And as much as liked the look of the Milan, the TSX looked more streamlined. I dunno...it ended up being more subjective for me, but objectively speaking, the Milan was a hell of a vehicle for the money. There wasn't a bang-for-the buck situation like this for as long as I've been driving (I'm 28).
      • 8 Years Ago
      CHL1: "V6 vs. I4? how is that a comparison?"

      For less than the Price of a LE Camry (with and I-4) you get a Fusion SLE (with the V-6)

      It's the same as a Hyundai/Camry comparison. The Hyundai and Ford are much cheaper (about $1000) for a lot more stuff (bigger engines, leather, superior interior trimlines and finish).
      joe scaramuzzo
      • 8 Years Ago
      good for ford. if more pepole buy ford,gm, cars there would not be so meny lay offs with the us. car compenys and the profits would stay in the usa. chrysler is not a us. compeny if more custumers would have bought them when they where a us. compeny they could of bought daimler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I test drove the slightly upscale Mercury Milan a few months ago and found it to be a very fun car to drive. I chose the Premier with the I4 and manual tranny. The Milan come standard with everything I would want including leather seats, six-disk changer, 17-inch aluminum rims, just about the only thing that it didn't come with is the airbag package--which is coming in 2007, and the moon roof for about 700 bucks. And the thing is just sexy looking in my opinion.

      The Toyota on the other had looks like an ugly duckling (again in my opinion), and is too expensive over all. Leather is only standard on the top of the line XLE and only with the 6sp auto. At that point the Camry MSRP's for almost 30K, if I opt to get Leather on a lesser model, then I dont get other features, and the car is still costs too much.

      Like the others have been saying this is simply Toyota taking a dose of their own medicine. A friend of mine is leasing a Honda Accord right now, and is trying to get out of his contract to get a Fusion. The car is more fun to drive, and is more American looking. He likes the large tri-chrome grille and piano-black center console trim. The "in-your-face attitude is too much to resist.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First, the Fusion cost $1000 more than the Camry. Secondly, did anyone try to option out a Camry? You can build your own V6 Camry with Leather and Alloy Wheels for $25,500 on the Toyota website. Sounds like a skewed comparison to ensure that the Fusion would win to me.
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