2020 Volkswagen Passat vs 2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs 2020 Ford Fusion

If your car shopping has brought you to this point, you have already fought through many competing sedan automakers and settled on Volkswagen and Ford. These two automakers have both been in the game for longer than most the rest, but don’t think of them as old-fashioned. Both Volkswagen and Ford have had a lot of time to develop the philosophies of their designs and produce the sedans, SUVs and other vehicles they think people both need and want.

From Volkswagen, the Passat has a sort of everyday extravagance about it and design rooted in the beauty that can be found in simplicity. The Ford Fusion is similarly understated but works harder to appear as a comfortable, familiar vehicle for anyone to drive with a hint of sportiness. Visuals are one thing, but which of the two performs better, has more features, and is a better all-around daily driver sedan? The chart below helps to show how these two vehicles compare.

2020 Volkswagen Passat


2020 Ford Fusion 

$22,995  Starting MSRP  $23,170 
174  Base Engine Horsepower  173 
206  Base Engine Torque (lb-ft)  174
Updated 2020  Interior Redesigned 2013 

Comparison Analysis

Going the Volkswagen way means an easier path to entry into the midsize sedan segment. The lower MSRP may be by a tiny margin, but the ability to get greater engine performance out of its lowest trim level than the lowest trim level of the Fusion really makes that small difference feel a lot bigger. Not only that but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat just looks nicer since it has a bit more of a refined air about it, while the 2020 Ford Fusion looks more plasticky and hollow.

Other Available Features of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat

  • Fender® Premium Brand Speakers
  • 400-Watt, 8-Speaker, 1-Subwoofer Sound System
  • Memory Card, Satellite Radio, and USB audio options
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Adaptive Cruise Control