2017 Mazda6 vs 2017 Ford Fusion
The 2017 Mazda6 has arrived at Tracy Mazda, gracing the streets of Stockton and Modesto, CA with its evocative style and energetic performance. As a leader in one of the most competitive markets, the Mazda6 has quite a bit to compete with. How do you know it’s the right mid-size sedan for your needs?
We put Mazda’s latest sedan up against one of its top competitor – the 2017 Ford Fusion – to see how they stack up.
The days of expecting the bare minimum from a vehicle’s standard features are long gone, thanks in part to Mazda’s continued dedication to giving drivers more for less. While Ford offers more than some other automakers, the 2017 Ford Fusion lags behind the 2017 Mazda6 standard features.
Of the long list of features on the entry-level Mazda6 Sport, a significant number are either unavailable or require an upgrade on the Fusion, including:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Remote ignition
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Six-way adjustable front seats with lumbar support for driver
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice controls
- Six-speaker sound system with CD player / USB / streaming support
The Fusion has some comparable features to these, but you won’t find them on the entry-level trim.
Performance and Fuel Economy
Do you think you’re forced to choose between efficiency and performance on your next car? Most drivers do, but Mazda engineering gives the Mazda6 a leg up on the Fusion. Though both feature a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, Mazda’s clearly asserts itself as the best:
- SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder: Mazda’s engine delivers 184-hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired to your choice of SKYACTIV®-MT 6-speed manual transmission or SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed sport automatic transmission. 2017 Mazda6 sedans with SKYACTIV®-Drive transmissions earn an EPA-estimated 35 highway and 26 city mpg*.
- Ford’s 2.5L 4-cylinder: Despite also being a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, Ford’s powertrain comes up lacking, offering only 175-hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque and eliminating the choice of transmission. Entry-level Fusion sedans have a six-speed automatic and earn just 34 highway and 22 city mpg.
The difference isn’t as stark as between, say, a compact car and a sport-tuned sedan built for the track, but that difference in power will be immediately noticeable – and the fuel economy savings will add up with every second behind the wheel.
Test Drive a Mazda
We’ve just shown you a short glimpse at what gives Mazda’s car the edge, looking at simply the two entry-level trims – you’ll find premium Bose audio, automatic driver assistance features, and some of the finest leather as you climb up the Mazda6 trim levels.
Modesto and Stockton, CA drivers should decide for themselves who wins when you compare 2017 Mazda6 vs 2017 Ford Fusion. Visit Tracy Mazda at 2680 Auto Plaza Dr in Tracy, CA for a test drive of the latest Mazda6 – contact us today to schedule your time behind the wheel.
*Up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/35 highway MPG for 2017 Mazda6 Touring models with automatic transmission. Manual transmission models, 24 city/34 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.