Contrary to what’s trending on social media, fully electric cars are not yet the kingpin of the automotive world. In fact, hybrid cars (yes, those!) are actually quite popular.
In recent years, the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid have emerged as popular picks. Which stands out as being the best option? Let’s compare and contrast these two best-selling models on a few important traits.
If you’re buying a hybrid, it’s likely because you’re environmentally conscious or because you’re weary of spending too much money on gas. Often times, it’s both simultaneously. Consequently fuel efficiency is a critically important differentiator for buyers. In this case, the Camry Hybrid wins that category decisively with its estimated 51/53 miles per gallon city/highway. Comparatively, the Fusion Hybrid achieves only 41/43 miles per gallon city/highway. Even with its slightly smaller fuel tank, the Camry Hybrid outdrives the Fusion Hybrid with a total EPA estimated range of 598mi (vs the Fusion’s 588mi).
One of the reasons buyers consistently choose the Camry Hybrid is because of its power. With 208 horses under its hood, this hybrid can purr. Conversely, the Fusion Hybrid delivers only 188 horsepower in its base model. You’ll feel an extra tug of power in the Camry with its superior torque rating as well – boasting 163 lbs/foot of torque versus only 129 lbs/foot of torque in the Fusion.
The origin of that difference comes into clarity when examining their construction. The Camry derives its strength from a 1.6 kwh lithium-ion battery, whereas the Fusion utilizes a slightly weaker 1.4 kwh lithium-ion battery. The Camry is also lighter and leaner as well, weighing in at 3,472 pounds versus the Fusion at 3,615 pounds.
With more muscle and a lighter weight, it’s no surprise the Camry outperforms the Fusion on nearly every possible road test.
In the end, these models are nearly evenly priced. The Fusion Hybrid starts slightly lower with a baseline MSRP of $26,340 versus $27,800 for the Camry Hybrid. It seems like a simple math problem, but its compounded by the Camry and its superior perks. Those perks include 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space (versus only 12.0 for the Fusion), standard heated front seats (which are not standard for the Fusion), and a 5-star front crash test rating for passengers (versus only a 3-star rating for the Fusion).
You’re buying a hybrid – and which car is better at being a hybrid? It’s definitely the Camry, with its superior fuel efficiency, power, safety, and cargo space. Still not convinced, take one for a test drive and see how a great hybrid feels like the great car you expect it to be.