If you're looking for a midsize sedan to drive around Norman, Edmond, and Oklahoma City, you may be trying to decide between the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Fusion. At Oklahoma City Volkswagen, we think either sedan is a great choice, but we wanted to know which one has the most to offer local drivers.

So, we put them side-by-side in this VW Passat vs. Fusion comparison.

Volkswagen Passat vs Ford Fusion Powertrain

One thing we liked about both the VW Passat and Fusion is that they both come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This automatically optimizes your shift schedules to maximize efficiency and performance.

However, if you want to take control, both sedans also have available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that let you change gears on-demand without taking your hands off the wheel.

We were curious to know, too, what kind of strength these cars offer right out of the gate, so we looked at their base-level engines. The Ford Fusion comes standard with a 2.5L I-4 engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.

The VW Passat, on the other hand, has a standard 2.0L TSI® turbo I-4 engine that generates a comparable amount of horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This increased torque output can help to improve acceleration. The Fusion would require an upgrade to get this kind of agility.

Safety Technology in the Passat and Fusion

Many car shoppers make safety a priority when choosing their next vehicle. If you're the same way, you'll probably like the safety features available with both the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Fusion.

They offer features designed to help you be more aware of your surroundings, including:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane keeping systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

The blind spot monitoring systems in either vehicle provide a visual warning when another vehicle enters your side blind spots and can help you to merge more confidently in heavily trafficked areas.

One feature that's unique to the VW Passat is the Intelligent Crash Response System. This kicks in in the event of a collision and automatically stops your vehicle. This can help prevent additional impacts as a result of post-collision roll-through.

Unfortunately, the Ford Fusion doesn't offer a similar feature.

Interior Dimensions and Seating

As midsize sedans, both the Passat and Fusion have plenty of interior space. In fact, the two cars each have 102 cubic feet of total passenger volume and can comfortably seat five passengers.

They also have available heated seats to help you warm up on cold winter mornings and feature an available driver's seat memory feature. This is useful if you share your car with anyone else in your household because it allows you to return your seat to your preferred setting with just the press of a button.

They also both give you 16 cubic feet of trunk space to load up with all the essentials. If your hands are full while loading the trunk, however, you may find the VW Passat more convenient. This is because it has an available Hand-Free Easy Open trunk.

Simply wave your foot under the rear bumper and the trunk will open up automatically. Ford Fusion drivers, on the other hand, will have to put down or shuffle what they're holding to open the trunk with the key fob.

Volkswagen Passat or Ford Fusion: Which do You Prefer?

Our team at Oklahoma City Volkswagen compared the Volkswagen Passat vs. Ford Fusion and found that the VW Passat offers more of what drivers in the Oklahoma City, Norman, and Edmond areas need. To see for yourself, pay a visit to our dealership and we'll get you out for a test drive.

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