Driving a sedan around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, comes with many benefits. Not only are these models efficient, but they're also easy to maneuver around town. The 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Ford Fusion offer many similar features. You may be wondering, which one is more efficient? What infotainment and safety features come standard on each?

Below, you will find the answers to these questions and more, so you can make an informed decision. Contact us at Watermark Nissan of Marion with any questions!

Enjoy Peppy Performance & Efficiency

Both the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Ford Fusion offer zippy engines that respond quickly, enabling you to change lanes with confidence. However, when it comes to efficiency, the Nissan has the upper hand: 

Nissan Altima

Ford Fusion

Standard Engine

188-horsepower 2.5L engine

175-horsepower 2.5L engine

Standard Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG1

EPA-estimated 21 city/31 highway MPG

Stay Infotained on the Go

Inside the cabin of the Nissan Altima, you will find a standard 7-inch touch-screen display. If you want additional touch-screen real estate, you can upgrade to an available 8-inch NissanConnect® display with convenient Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Voice recognition comes standard with either display, so you can keep your hands securely on the wheel.

In comparison, the Ford Fusion comes standard with a 4.2-inch LCD screen. To enjoy the perks of an intuitive touchscreen as well as a voice-activated system, you will need to upgrade to a higher trim level. Its largest available display also maxes out at 8 inches.

The 2021 Nissan Altima also offers an available Nissan Door to Door Navigation system. Before you leave the house, you can send directions right from your compatible smartphone device to the integrated touch-screen display. Paired with real-time Premium Traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation, you'll always know where to go.

As you navigate from Point A to Point B, the standard Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant in the Nissan Altima helps you stay in touch safely. It reads your texts aloud and even enables you to reply using your voice or by choosing from multiple pre-loaded responses.

To have features like these in the 2020 Ford Fusion, you will need to choose a higher trim level.

Travel with Greater Peace of Mind

The 2021 Nissan Altima comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes six different features to raise your awareness on the road. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection as well as:

  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist

Over in the 2020 Ford Fusion, you will find a comparable lineup of standard driver-assist features as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology suite. However, the Nissan Altima offers a couple of features that its Ford competitor does not, including available Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Driver Alertness.

If you miss a traffic sign, your 2021 Nissan Altima has your back. It projects details, like the current speed limit, directly onto your driver information display. Intelligent Driver Alertness monitors your steering patterns and reminds you to pull over for a break if it detects signs of distraction or fatigue. 

Select Your Sedan: Nissan Altima or Ford Fusion?

Although the 2020 Ford Fusion has some similar features as the 2021 Nissan Altima, it ultimately falls short in terms of efficiency, infotainment, and safety features.

The only thing left to do is meet the Nissan Altima in person. Contact us at Watermark Nissan of Marion to schedule your test drive near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, today!

2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG / 39 Highway MPG / 32 Combined MPG for Altima® S FWD. 27 City MPG / 37 Highway MPG / 31 Combined MPG for Altima® SV, SR, SL FWD. 26 City MPG / 36 Highway MPG / 30 Combined MPG for Altima® SV, SL AWD. 25 City MPG / 35 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Altima® SR, Platinum AWD. 25 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Altima® SR FWD VC-Turbo. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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