Thrifty and comfortable, the 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are competing to give you the eco-friendly commute you crave. Which should you choose? Our comparison guide takes a closer look at these popular hybrid sedans.
Quiet Comfort: 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid
When you’re cruising in the 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid, it’s tough to find anything to criticize. Indeed, the soft, supple ride only makes the supportive seats seem comfier. With the dual-zone automatic climate control, it’s easy to regulate cabin temperatures, even on especially frosty days. The standard rear air vents mean extra comfort for your backseat passengers. At highway speeds, we were impressed by the quiet cabin, which easily buffers wind and road noise.
From inside the Camry Hybrid, you’ll enjoy generous passenger space and impressive visibility. The driver’s seat is versatile, with a wide range of adjustments to suit a wide range of body types. This sedan’s large windows and slim roof pillars give you a good view of the road in every direction. However, the Camry Hybrid can feel a little shaky on broken pavement, cutting down on ride comfort.
Tech Skills: 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Fusion Hybrid’s standard infotainment lineup will keep you informed and entertained, no matter how long the ride. Every single trim model comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, nine-speaker audio system, and two USB ports to charge devices. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capabilities are also standard, so you can use your phone’s maps app or browse music playlists with minimal distraction.
When it comes to safety technology, the Fusion Hybrid is equally tech-savvy. Every model comes with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Protect bundle of high-tech safety aids. Features like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning and mitigation help you avoid trouble.
Toyota’s hybrid sedan also keeps you connected. This year, the Camry Hybrid adds Android Auto to its smartphone integration features, where it joins Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa in the standard lineup. This hybrid sedan also comes standard with an array of driver safety aids, like forward collision warning with automatic braking. However, some are too sensitive, warning you of danger that simply isn’t there.
Premium Performance: 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid
If you’re after a fun-loving ride, Ford’s midsize hybrid sedan won’t let you down. On curving roads, steering is quick and handling is precise. As you take on sharp corners, you’ll appreciate this hybrid’s well-controlled body roll.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid puts an emphasis on ride comfort, adding accurate steering and, for a hybrid, pretty quick acceleration. However, the Camry Hybrid isn’t as sporty as the Fusion Hybrid and doesn’t feel quite as capable on twisting roads.
Max Fuel Economy: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Camry Hybrid wrings the most mileage out of a tank of gas. The LE trim model earns the best EPA ratings, with 52 mpg combined (51 city/53 highway mpg). The XLE and SE trims are slightly less ambitious, earning 46 mpg combined (44/47 mpg).
Naturally, the 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid is also very thrifty – just not as thrifty. All Fusion Hybrids are EPA-rated for 42 mpg combined (43/41 mpg). Combined with its fun-loving performance, those ratings aren’t too shabby.
The Camry Hybrid might have the edge in the fuel economy department, but the 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the better daily driver. You’ll love its precise handling and quiet ride. On long drives, the Fusion Hybrid is where you’ll want to be, nestled into the comfy, supportive seats with all the latest infotainment technology at your fingertips.