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Old 03-23-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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I am in the market for a mid size sporty sedan. I have always like Japanese vehicles but willing to give the ford a look..
I'm looking at the V6 option for both. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Man, tough choices.

Can you include Mazda6 in it ?
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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I think this is one where you need to test drive both and see which you prefer. Both are good cars with the Fusion winning in some areas like nav system and available options, while the Altima is the sportier car overall. Pricing can be an issue as well and equipped similarly, the Fusion usually ends up a little cheaper than the Altima.

I don't personally think you can go wrong with either one as they are both nice and reliable cars. The one drawback to the Altima is that unless you opt for the manual, you are stuck with the CVT. Some people on here love them, but I'm not personally sold as Nissan has had a lot of issues with them in the past. However, I think the decision to get the Altima shouldn't be based on the CVT and more on the overall car and your personal preferences.

Have you considered any other cars? The Subaru Legacy is another strong contender in that class.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: United States
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I'm a Japanese fan, but the Fusion is nice and the Altima has some cosmetic blemishes after a few years. I'd say check out the Civic. If that's too small maybe look into the Mazda 6 or the Subaru Impreza. Ford, Honda, Subaru all good cars. I'd stay away fro Chevy's and Chryslers or today as they lose value rapidly and are not the best in the reliablity dept.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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I have experience with both. To me the Fusion HYBRID is the winner here. The Altima has a hybrid but its offered in only 8 states and uses Toyota tech. If you want the V-6 the VQ is superior to the Ford V-6 in regards to performance.

Though I have to say I don't really understand a V-6 in these pedestrian cars. The Altima looks great to me, like a mini Lexus, the Fusion also looks good with the facelift. The Altima IMO has a bigger trunk and a bigger rear seat.

Neither interior is great, the Fusion is better while the Altima continues to lack refinement. Ford's Nsync system kills Nissans older traditional system. I don't mind the Altima CVT but it is course/loud and takes some getting used to. IT is responsive.

The Altima also rides rough and loud compared to the Fusion. It is faster though. Neither is a great handling car.

Good luck!
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Test drive. You'll discover that you love one of them and hate the other.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: WA
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I test drove both and liked the Altima better but bought a Sonata Limited Turbo which topped our list.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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Hard choices...

Both of those cars are very good cars. But when I drove the Altima I liked it better, so maybe you should go for a test drive.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Try the new 2011 Kia Forte (the SX model). It was designed by an Audi guy, is loaded, and the handling and power are better than those that you mentioned. So is the gas mileage. I was really impressed and I'm a sports car person.

If you can get the Fusion in a stick that would be my second choice. Wasn't impressed with the Altima but it looks nice on the outside.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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Try the new 2011 Kia Forte (the SX model). It was designed by an Audi guy, is loaded, and the handling and power are better than those that you mentioned. So is the gas mileage. I was really impressed and I'm a sports car person.

If you can get the Fusion in a stick that would be my second choice. Wasn't impressed with the Altima but it looks nice on the outside.

Yeah the Forte is nice. Kia has really been stepping up lately..from the Optima to the Forte and the new Sportage.
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