The 2016 Ford Fusion vs. the 2016 Mazda6

2016 Fusion

We’ve decided to pit the 2016 Ford Fusion against the 2016 Madza6 to determine once and for all which sedan offers more for Chicago and Manteno locals. We’ve compared each vehicle on the points which matters to American drivers – here’s how it all breaks down.

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Trim Levels and Price

2016 FusionThe 2016 Ford Fusion is available in three well-balanced trim levels.

  • S: Starting at $22,110, your entry-level Fusion comes with a rearview camera for easy reversing, a SYNC system with MyFord voice-activated communications to keep you connected, and a keyless entry system for effortless access.
  • SE: Starting at $23,645, the SE trim is all about comfort and entertainment. A 10-way power driver's seat provides support, while your upgraded 6-speaker stereo is given a complimentary 6-month all-access subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
  • Titanium: Starting at $30,390, Titanium models include leather-trimmed and heated sport seats, dual-zone climate control, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system. You’d expect nothing less from a top-of-the-line sedan.

The 2016 Mazda6 is also offered in three trim levels, but Chicago and Manteno drivers will receive less for their money.

  • Sport: Asking for a minimum of $21,495, the entry-level model includes air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity, but you won’t get basics like an illuminated visor mirror or a 6-way power driver’s seat like you will on the S model Ford Fusion.
  • Touring: Starting at $23,945, the Touring trim provides a Mazda keyless entry system and leatherette-trimmed seats, but you will have to upgrade your package option to get a complimentary 4-month SiriusXM subscription which is standard on the SE.
  • Grand Touring: Starting at $30,195, your Mazda6 Grand Touring is given leather seats and an integrated navigation system, but lacks the comfort in the Titanium like the 10-way power driver’s seat.

Powertrains and MPG

2016 FusionThe 2016 Ford Fusion comes with three engines, and each one is paired to a cutting-edge 6-Speed SelectShift automatic transmission system to ensure rock-bottom fuel consumption rates:

  • 2.5L i-VCT I-4: The standard engine harnesses an output of 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, while allowing for strong mileage ratings of 22 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. 
  • 1.5L EcoBoost: The Fusion’s most economical engine promises 25 in the city and 37 on the highway, alongside 181 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2.0L EcoBoost: Even while putting a monumental 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque at your command, this turbocharged engine allows for 22 in the city and 31 on the highway.

If you enjoy the freedom to choose, you’ll need to reconsider picking up a 2016 Mazda6. There’s just one engine on offer – a 2.5L SKYACTIV-G with either manual or automatic transmission. With 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, it falls far short of what the Fusion can offer our Chicago and Manteno customers.


Interior Space

2016 FusionThe 2016 Ford Fusion isn’t just more powerful than the 2016 Mazda6 – it’s also more spacious for both passengers and cargo. With a passenger volume of 102.8 cubic feet to the Mazda6’s 99.7, there’s noticeably more space for all five occupants to stretch out and relax. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to put up with less cargo space. The 2016 Fusion’s trunk provides 16 cubic feet for Chicago and Manteno drivers to play with, compared to 14.8 in the Mazda6.


Comfort and Convenience Features

2016 FusionThe team at Ford understands that crafting a positive driving experience isn’t just about providing a more expansive cabin than the competition, so they’ve made sure that the Fusion shines when it comes to standard technology.

For example, you’ll enjoy the customizable support of a 6-way power driver's seat in even entry-level trims – the Mazda6 also offers a 6-way seat, but the manual control is far harder to use, especially on the go. Additionally, while the Fusion offers a rearview camera as standard in all models, the same system only comes as standard when you pick up a Mazda6 Sport with automatic instead of manual transmission. Mazda themselves even admit that it fails to provide a comprehensive view of the entire rear area.



2016 FusionBoth the 2016 Ford Fusion and 2016 Mazda6 provide a strong level of safety as standard, with basic equipment such as anti-lock brakes, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, and stability control provided across every model. Each vehicle has also been honored with a 5-star safety rating during crash tests conducted by the NHSTA.

However, only the 2016 Fusion can be fitted with an Active Park Assist system to keep your vehicle from coming to harm. Taking advantage of advanced sensing technology, this innovative feature will guide you into the tightest of spaces.


Find the 2016 Ford Fusion at Terry’s Ford of Peotone

More power, more space, and more standard features – the 2016 Ford Fusion completely outperforms the 2016 Mazda6. Test-drive yours today at Terry’s Ford of Peotone. We are conveniently located close to Chicago and Manteno at 363 N Harlem Ave, so stop by for a visit soon!