If you’re looking for a midsized family sedan, you’ve probably thought about the Ford Taurus and the Ford Fusion. Both of these sedans sell very well for Ford, and both are excellent family cars. But what, exactly, is the difference between these two models? Generally, the Fusion is a bit more economical and the Taurus is a bit roomier and powerful, but there are several other differences. Either one would make a great choice, but consider these differences as you choose your next car:
Both the Taurus and the Fusion pair their engines with typical six-speed automatic transmissions. The Fusion is smaller than the Taurus, and it relies on a 4-cylinder engine. You can choose the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a six-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive. Or choose to upgrade to the 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter or the 245-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter, both four-cylinders. There’s also a new Sport model this year, with a 325-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 and standard all-wheel drive.
The Taurus is larger and has a standard 3.5L Ti-VCT engine with 288 horsepower. The six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission comes standard, or drivers can opt for the 365-horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost® engine.
On the outside, the two models may seem similar, but the biggest difference is size. The Taurus is larger than the Fusion, but the Fusion looks a bit more fluid and sleeker. The two vehicles feature different designs in front, back and profile, as well.
On the inside, the Taurus is, again, larger. It has more leg and head room than the Fusion. The Taurus looks more traditional on the inside, too. It has a dual-section dashboard with wood accents. On the inside of the Fusion, you’ll find smaller styling details which are a bit sportier. However, there are some similarities, like their shared steering wheels, switchgears and instrument clusters.
Both the Taurus and the Fusion have five-star overall impact ratings. They have nearly the same safety features, too. They both have plenty of airbags, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring, and more. The Taurus comes with push-button start, and Curve Control that will slow the car if it turns too sharply, and will call 911 automatically if needed.
Both vehicles offer extras like a heated steering wheel, Ford’s My Ford Touch infotainment system—which is user-friendly and easy to use, an automated parallel parking system and heated rear seats. The Taurus has a few more extras, such as massaging seats, xenon headlights, and a power sunshade.
The Take Away
While there are some major differences between the two, the two cars are very similar—with the Fusion basically a smaller version of the Taurus. For families in need of a bit more space, the Taurus is the best choice. But for drivers in larger cities, it may be easier to park and drive the Fusion—plus the Fusion gets a little better gas mileage.