Compare 2016 VW Passat vs Ford Fusion

2016 VW Passat S


2016 Ford Fusion S

25 city / 38 highway mpg*

Fuel Economy

22 city / 34 highway mpg

18.5 Gallons

Fuel Capacity

16.5 Gallons

1.8L Turbo 4-cylinder

Standard Engine

2.5L Standard 4-cylinder

184 lb-ft


175 lb-ft

3,263 lbs

Curb Weight

3,431 lbs

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In the market for a quality midsize sedan? Two popular picks are the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and Ford Fusion. Both are well-constructed and constitute good value. They share a similar overall length and height. But the two sedans offer very different levels of performance for the money. By considering the pros and cons of the two models and taking each one for a test drive, you’ll be in a great position to see which one is the better choice.

Comparison Overview

The Volkswagen Passat S is a European-design sport sedan that provides the best handling and most enjoyable ride in its class, whereas the Ford Fusion S is pokey and plain. The 2016 Passat S is less expensive than the Fusion S, yet delivers superior torque, more rear leg and shoulder room, greater fuel capacity, a tighter turning radius, and better fuel economy, city and highway. The Volkswagen also provides direct fuel injection instead of the Ford’s sequential fuel injection. In addition, standard on the Passat S but not on the Fusion S are dual-zone climate control, automatic post-collision braking and a rearview camera.

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2016 VW Passat vs Ford Fusion Interior

2016 Volkswagen Passat Highlights

The Passat provides outstanding ride and handling characteristics in a stylish package. The 2016 model of the Volkswagen Passat has been upgraded with new exterior styling forward and back, including a brawnier grille, streamlined headlights, new front and rear bumpers, as well as a new trunk lid, front fenders, and contoured hood. For the first time, LED taillights and headlights are available. The sporty-looking Passat R joins the lineup in 2016.

The interior has been restyled and receives a heaping helping of new technology. The rear row of the Passat has plenty of legroom to stretch out. The cabin now features the MIIB II infotainment system as well as two sizes of touchscreens that respond to swipe motions. The comfortable, folding rear seating has a 60/40-split design. Even the lowest price model gives you A/C, a 6-speaker stereo, automatic on/off headlights, a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode, Bluetooth connectivity, 6-way adjustable front seats, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and 1 year/10,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.

Higher trim levels add rear-seat air vents, power adjustments to the driver’s seat, moonroof, larger wheels, radar-based cruise control, leather seats and semi-automatic parallel parking. Passat also offers Forward Collision Warning, the Driver Assistance System, Volkswagen Car-Net with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Lane Assist, Rear Traffic Alert with Braking, pushbutton start and keyless entry. You can open the trunk by gesturing your foot near the rear bumper, freeing up your hands to hold packages or groceries.

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Our Volkswagen dealership in Stamford, Connecticut is well-known for its extra-friendly service, huge inventory and special money-saving deals, such as the Volkswagen Owner Loyalty Program. Stop by today to test drive the leading sedan in its class, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat!


*EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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