Today’s Face Off Friday is putting two hot new models head to head: the Ford Fusion and the Mazda6. With an all new redesign, the Mazda6 makes its way back into the segment with a bang, and it’s clear Ford came ready for the competition when they crafted the Fusion. While the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have been the leading sedans for quite some time, both the Mazda and the Fusion are more eye catching, so we’re going to take a closer look at all they have to offer.
Price Range: $21,970-$36,500
Power: (base) 2.5-liter duratec with 175hp and 175 lb-ft of torque / (top end) 2.0-liter ecoboost with 240-hp and 270-lb-ft / (hybrid and plug in) 2.0-liter with 141hp and 129 lb-ft of torque
MPG: (base) 22 city/34 hwy, (top) 22 city/33 hwy, (hybrid) 47 city/47 hwy, (electric) 100 combined
Interior: Ambient lighting, aluminum scuff plates and pedals, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, heated and cooled seats.
Exterior: Chrome grille, LED taillamps, 19-inch wheels, dual integrated exhaust, available intelligent all wheel drive.
Technology: Auto start/stop, Sync voice commands, Blind Spot Information Center with cross traffic alerts, Rear View camera, lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, active parking assist.
Price Range: $21,190-$29,895
Power: 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine with 184hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.
MPG: (manual) 25 city/37 hwy, (automatic with tech package) 28 city/40hwy.
Interior: Heated leather front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 5.8-inch full color touch screen display, 11-speaker Bose sound system, steering wheel mounted controls.
Exterior: Automatic Halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, heated auto dimming dual power side mirrors, 19-inch wheels.
Technology: Bluetooth, Radar cruise control, push button start, HD Radio, Pandora, Rearview camera, SMS texting and auto reply, forward obstruction warning system, sport mode.
Inside and out, this is one good looking pair. Both models have a lot to offer, but it’s undeniable that Ford has more variants and engines to choose from, especially with the hybrid versions, which Mazda does not offer at all for the Mazda6. As for the base and the mid-range models, Mazda still offers better gas mileage. As for technology, Mazda offers more entertainment, while Ford brings more driver assistance to the table. This week is a tough call.