Assuming both of these cars are in good condition, which would be the better one to buy.
2001 Nissan Sentra
76 thousand miles
2007 Ford Fusion
87 thousand miles
I realize that the Ford Fusion is quite a few years newer than the Nissan, but often times non American makes are the better choice.
A big deciding factor would be price. If they are both the same price, the newer one. If the 2001 is $500 and the 2007 is $5800, I would go with the 2001. I will say that at one point in my servicing carrier I was astounded to find a Nissan production sticker under the hood of a Ford Windstar. Similar to the Nissan Quest I suppose. So not sure that “American makes” would impact my decision at all.
When all is said and done, I would go with the Newer 2007 Ford Fusion. It is newer, and will retain its resale value longer.