Summary: The Ford Fusion is the most popular Ford sedan and features the latest driver assists as well as Hybrid engine options. The Taurus is the bigger sedan and boasts more power, but otherwise feels like a forgotten relic.
Back in 2018, Ford stated that they’re heavily cutting back on sedan production due to low consumer demand compared to trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles. However, sales for the Ford Fusion were relatively strong, with more than five times the sales volume of the larger Ford Taurus which hasn’t been popular among drivers.
The Taurus isn’t simply a bigger Fusion. There are a number of other differences between the two, some minor, others more significant. Let’s take a look at what separates the two, and ultimately discuss which makes more sense to buy today.
As the name might imply, the Ford Taurus is bigger than the Ford Fusion. It is 202.9” long compared to the 191.8” long Fusion. It is also marginally wider and taller, and is roughly 200 lbs heavier.
However, when we look at the interior, we find that passengers have more legroom in the Fusion at both the front (44.3” vs 41.9”) and the back (38.3 ” vs 38.1”). The Taurus makes up for this by offering slightly wider seats and significantly bigger interior cargo volume (20.1 cubic ft. vs 12.0 cubic ft.)
The Taurus interior has a slightly more luxury feel to it, although the interior quality for both the Fusion and Taurus largely comes down to which model is in question. The Taurus S interior feels very basic, but higher end trims are much more comparable to the Taurus.
Models and Pricing
The Ford Taurus starts at $27,800 with the Taurus SE model. The most expensive Taurus model is the SHO, costing $42,975.
The Fusion range has a much larger selection of models, namely because there are gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrain options, whereas the Taurus only has gas options. The Ford Fusion starts at $22,800 with the gas powered Fusion S. The cheapest hybrid Fusion is the Hybrid SE, which starts at $27,555.
Overall, the Taurus is the more expensive vehicle when we consider gas engines alone. However, when we take the Hybrid engine Fusions into consideration, the price gap is closed.
The Fusion offers superior fuel economy to the Taurus. When comparing the gas variants of the Fusion vs the Taurus, the EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the Fusion S is 21/31 mpg. The Taurus consumes comparatively more fuel at 18/26 mpg for the SE, SEL and Limited models.
It goes without saying its hybrid variants of the Fusion offer much better fuel economy (43/41 mpg) while the new plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi Titanium offers the best (109/97 mpg).
For the purposes of this comparison we’ll be comparing the gas powered Ford Fusion with the Ford Taurus.
Base Fusions feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder which produces 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque between the front two wheels. Meanwhile the SE and SEL feature 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines that produce 181 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, which is more in line with what you’d expect from a sedan in the mid-sized segment.
The Taurus is the more powerful sedan, with the SE producing 288 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and capable of delivering 254 pound-feet of torque. This makes it capable of towing trailers with a maximum weight of 1000 lbs.
Both the Fusion and Taurus offer AWD as an upgrade option on certain models, although with the Fusion that upgrade is only possible with the high-end Titanium trim. The Taurus SHO is AWD by default.
Driver Assist Technology
Ford have been been shifting focus away from some of their cars, and the Taurus appears to have been missing some attention. It misses out on a lot of Ford’s newer technologies which is featured on their most popular cars, including the Fusion.
Ford Co-Pilot 360 is the most noteworthy technology that the Fusion has while the Taurus doesn’t. This is an umbrella term for their latest driver assist technology which includes the likes of enhanced park assist, pre-collision breaking assist and adaptive cruise control.
According to NHTSA ratings, both the Fusion and Taurus are incredibly safe cars with 5-star overall ratings.
While the Ford Taurus offers more engine power and more space for loading cargo, the Fusion is the superior choice in almost all other aspects. This is not a simple case of choosing between a medium-sized and larger sedan. Instead, you’re choosing between a sedan that has been receiving continuous updates to its design and technology over the last few years, compared to a neglected sedan that’s living on borrowed time.