2012 Chevrolet
Cruze eco
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.6

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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OK brakes
Disc
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OK braking distance from 60mph
127 ft
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Power seats
Standard
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Leather
Optional
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco

9.3

starting from

$19,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze eco

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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Winner: Cruze eco
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  • The Cruze eco has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Winner: Cruze eco
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  • The Cruze eco can go more than 10% faster than the Fusion SE, 132 mph vs 115 mph
  • The Cruze eco hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 7.8 seconds vs 8.9 seconds
  • Almost the same, 16.1 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Winner: Cruze eco
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,630 cheaper (around 20% less), $19,995 vs $23,625
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.3 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion SE's power seats; not available on the Cruze eco
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fusion SE

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Fusion SE
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 7.8 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The Cruze eco's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze eco is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.79 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 132 mph vs 115 mph The Cruze eco's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK

Cost

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $19,995 vs $23,625 The Cruze eco has a great price and the Fusion SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 23 mpg The Cruze eco has great city mileage and the Fusion SE is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Cruze eco has a good number of airbags, but the Fusion SE is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Fusion SE has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Performance

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Fusion SE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Cruze eco's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 18.8 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.7 ft vs 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 529 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Cruze LT vs Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Cruze eco vs Impala LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Cruze LT vs Sonic LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 2011 Toyota Camry Cruze LTZ vs Camry
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Cruze LT vs Accord EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Prius Four Fusion SE vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fusion SE vs Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Chrysler 300 300C Fusion SE vs 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fusion SE vs Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Fusion SE vs Impala LT

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