Volkswagen and Ford are two of the most recognizable names in the automotive industry, so unsurprisingly, the two automakers compete near the top of a number of vehicle categories. The ever-popular midsize sedan segment is no exception, as the VW Passat and Ford Fusion are staples of the class. While every major automaker has a horse in this very competitive race, many drivers find the Passat and Fusion on their short list of prospective vehicles. To help you get a good baseline for the differences between these two models, we put the 2015 VW Passat vs. 2015 Ford Fusion in a side-by-side comparison.
While very comparable in size and power ratings, the VW Passat and Ford Fusion get their power from very different engines. The Passat's 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 170 horsepower and 184 pound feet of torque while the Fusion's naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit yields 175 horsepower and equally as many pound-feet of torque. While the power is similar, the Passat does get a boost in efficiency thanks to its turbocharged engine. With ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, drivers can save at the pump with the Passat.
There are a wide variety of factors that play into any purchasing decision, but sometimes, in the end, it comes down to price. Throughout the trimline of each, the Passat is a little less expensive than the Fusion, adding to its overall appeal.
The 2015 VW Passat also includes a longer warranty package when it comes to protection against corrosion, which is covered for 144 months and unlimited miles. When it comes to a maintenance warranty, Volkswagen's 1-year/10,000 mile warranty is a significantly better option, as Ford offers no such protection.