Both the Fusion and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, available front seat side-impact airbags, head airbags and four wheel antilock brakes.
The Fusion comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Toyota doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Camry.
There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fusion’s warranty.
For better traction, the Fusion SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (225/50R17 vs. 215/60R16).
The Fusion SEL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry SE’s 55 series tires.
The Fusion SEL handles at .83 G’s, while the Camry SE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Fusion has a larger trunk than the Camry (15.8 vs. 15 cubic feet).
To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses tri-link hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.
The Fusion’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry SE/XLE doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.