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2018 Mazda6 vs. 2018 Ford Fusion

The modern automotive industry that we see today was built on the back of midsize sedans like the Mazda6. For the current model year, Gorman McCracken Mazda customers can continue to get a platform that is one of the best in the segment at finding a balance with performance, fuel economy and features. Shopping for a new sedan still requires a lot of research and due diligence. The product experts at Gorman McCracken Mazda understand these struggles and have done the bulk of the heavy lifting in comparing the 2018 Mazda6 vs. 2018 Ford Fusion. Not only does the latest version of the Mazda6 come with a heavily revised interior for the new model year, but it also makes the automaker's turbocharging technology available which will help the 2018 Mazda6 vastly outperform the current Ford Fusion.

One of the areas that saw an improvement in the 2018 Mazda6 is the sedan's safety profile. The manufacturer has expanded the availability of the i-ACTIVESENSE® system which includes several active driver assistance features like forward collision warning, emergency braking and adaptive cruise control on all of its trim models. Buyers choosing the 2018 Ford Fusion will have access to that automaker's safety systems, but not until a step or two up the Fusion's trim ladder. Other standard equipment that is available at the base level of the 2018 Mazda6 includes LED headlights, keyless ignition and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Again, the Fusion doesn't make these features available until a buyer chooses a more expensive version. Another benefit of the 2018 Mazda6 redesign is that owners can look forward to a fully modern digital center gauge cluster.


2018 Mazda6


2018 Ford Fusion

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
187/186 Horsepower/Torque 175/175
Six-speed Automatic Transmission Six-speed Automatic
26/35 Fuel Economy 21/32


Performance Specs

When it comes to outright performance, the 2018 Mazda6 is simply better than the 2018 Ford Fusion. At the base level, both sedans have a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood. However, the Mazda SKYACTIV®-G power plant that is mated to the SKYACTIV®-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission will make 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. What is under the hood of the current Ford Fusion tops out at 175 horsepower. This disparity also extends to the fuel economy of both sedans. The 2018 Mazda6 can record 26 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. Both figures edge out the Fusion by a few points on each side of the equation.



An interior photo showing the driver's cockpit and controls in the 2018 Mazda6.
A photo of the left side of the 2018 Mazda6 parked on the side of the street.
Another photo of the 2018 Mazda6 parked on the side of the street.
An interior photo showing one of the available interior upholstery options in the 2018 Mazda6.