The 2017 Volkswagen Passat and the 2017 Ford Fusion are both sleek, stylish and powerful sedans. They’re ideal for either the daily morning commute or the afternoon family drive. But with so many similarities, car buyers may have a hard time choosing between the two.
Fortunately, Nye VW of Rome is here to help make that choice easier for drivers in Rome, Utica and Manlius, NY. In this vehicle review, we’ve provided everything you need to make an educated choice as you search for your next midsize sedan.
Volkswagen Passat vs Ford Fusion: Interior & Exterior Design
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is one smart looking car. On the exterior, it is the epitome of sophistication and a great combination of sporty and classy. But, of course, the cherry on top is the world-renowned VW logo, now flanked by some hard to miss available LED headlights.
The interior is trimmed with wood and aluminum accents that make the whole cabin come to life. But the Passat doesn’t sacrifice comfort for style: it has available heated front seats for you and your copilot and more rear leg room than ever, so that even adult passengers can sit comfortably.
The exterior design of the 2017 Ford Fusion is much more pedestrian than that of the Passat. Its frame lacks both the sporty aggression and the classy grace that are essential to the 2017 Volkswagen Passat. And while the Fusion also features available heated front seats, the interior doesn’t feel particularly luxurious.
Available Powertrain Performance
Both the VW Passat and the Ford Fusion come with strong standard powertrains that generate significant horsepower and maintain notable energy efficiency. But when you compare their available engines, you’ll find some key differences.
The VW Passat features an available 3.0-liter V6 engine upgrade that provides up to 280 horsepower without sacrificing fuel economy: in fact, it can get up to an EPA-estimated 20 and 28 mpg in the city and on the highway, respectively.*
The Ford Fusion also provides multiple available engine options, including a 2.7-liter V6 model. Unfortunately, this is a very inefficient engine, as it can only get up to an EPA-estimated 17 city mpg and 26 highway mpg.
2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. Ford Fusion Safety
In terms of safety, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat was awarded a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.**
It features a selection of driver assistance technologies to promote even more peace of mind, such as the Intelligent Crash Response System and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. In the event of a collision, these systems will minimize the danger to you and the damage to the vehicle by deploying the airbags, shutting off the fuel pump, unlocking the doors, activating the hazard lights and even automatically bringing the car to a stop.
While the 2017 Ford Fusion features its own suite of safety features, it lacks the advanced technologies included in the Volkswagen Passat, such as the Intelligent Crash Response System and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
Choosing the Right Sedan
At first glance, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat and the 2017 Ford Fusion appear similar. But after taking a deeper look, it is apparent that the Passat offers superior stylish design, performance options and safety technology. If you’re interested in this sedan, you can learn more by reading our 2017 Volkswagen Passat Review or by contacting us at Nye Volkswagen of Rome.
If you’re a driver in Rome, Utica or Manlius, N.Y., and you’d like to experience the 2017 Volkswagen Passat for yourself, contact Nye Volkswagen of Rome and schedule a test drive today.
*Performance specifications based on manufacturer’s ratings achieved with premium fuel.
** Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program.