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2010 Ford Fusion vs. 2010 Toyota Camry: Which Should You Buy?

2011 Ford Fusion
(The Ford Motor Company)

You might be surprised by how much money you can save on a four-year-old car. Take the 2010 Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, for example. Our pricing data shows that you should be able to find either one for roughly $11,000 to $15,000, depending on the model you choose. By comparison, the 2014 Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry both start at around $22,000, which is about $7,000 more than a fully loaded 2010 model.

If you’d prefer to save money and buy a used or certified pre-owned model, let’s take a look at the 2010 Ford Fusion and the 2010 Toyota Camry to help you decide which one is the right midsize car for you.

2010 Ford Fusion


2010 Toyota Camry

175

Horsepower

169

$2,150

EPA-estimated Annual Fuel Cost

$2,050

100.3

Passenger Volume

101.4

16.5

Trunk Space

14.5

5.0 out of 5.0

Reliability Rating

3.0 out of 5.0

1-year/12,000-mile limited warranty and 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty

Certified Pre-Owned Warranty

1-year/12,000-mile limited warranty and 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

All-wheel drive, blind spot monitoring, rearview camera, navigation, Bluetooth, V6 engine

Notable Options When New

Bluetooth, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, USB port, V6 engine

$10,473 - $14,888

Average Price Paid

$11,308 - $15,407

The Ford Fusion currently holds second place in our 2010 affordable midsize car rankings. Like many midsize cars, the 2010 Fusion comes with a base four-cylinder engine or an available V6, but it also offers some less common features like blind spot monitoring and an available all-wheel drive system. The Fusion earns strong reliability and safety scores in our rankings, and critics liked its spacious interior and nimble handling.

The Toyota Camry currently ranks in 11th place among 2010 affordable midsize cars, and it also comes with a base four-cylinder engine or an available V6. When it was new, the Camry was our 2010 Best Midsize Car for the Money, and reviewers appreciated its spacious interior and comfort-tuned ride. However, many noted that it isn’t the most fun-to-drive car in its class.  

The Fusion trumps the Camry with a higher reliability rating, though if you’re shopping certified pre-owned models, both cars will come with a similar warranty. You’ll get a bit more trunk space with the Fusion, but the Camry has a slightly larger cabin and slightly lower annual fuel costs. You may also be able to get a better deal on a used Camry at the moment. Ford is currently offering 2.9 percent financing on its certified pre-owned models, while Camry shoppers can find certified used models with financing as low as 1.9 percent for five years in some areas of the country.

So which used car should you buy? The 2010 Camry may make more sense if you’re attracted to its comfortable ride, slightly better fuel economy and better promotional financing. However, the Fusion’s strong reliability rating may provide used car shoppers with some additional peace of mind, and models with all-wheel drive may make the most sense for shoppers who frequently deal with inclement weather.

In the market for a used car? Check out the U.S. News Used Car Rankings. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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