We staged our own mid-size melee at Automobile of the Year testing, pitting the Nissan Altima against the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. It was the Fusion’s looks, ride and handling, and impressive hybrid that elevated it to the next round. But is it enough to steal the crown?
|Engines||Turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I-4; Turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I-4; 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 with electric motor|
|Power||178 hp @ 5700 rpm; 240 hp @ 5500 rpm; 188 hp (combined)|
|Torque||184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm; 270 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm; NA|
|Transmissions||6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; Continuously variable|
|Drive||Front-wheel; Four-wheel; Front-wheel|
|Base Price||$24,495; $32,995; $27,995|
|As Tested||$26,040; $37,670; $30,975|