2012 Chevrolet
Impala LT
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

10.0

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Power outlets
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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OK braking distance from 60mph
127 ft
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT

9.4

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Impala LT

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Sporty performance
11.8 lb/hp
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More passenger seats
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Spacious front seats
56.6 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fusion SE
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fusion SE

Cost

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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MSRP $23,625 vs $27,995 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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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 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Performance

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Horsepower 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Impala LT is fairly powerful, but the Fusion SE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 11.8 lb/hp The Impala LT is a sporty car, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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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 37.5 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Passengers 5 vs 6 The Impala LT can carry a soccer team, and the Fusion SE has an OK number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 493 miles
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 18.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 The Impala LT has roomy front seats and the Fusion SE is OK
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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 Not Available The Fusion SE's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Impala LT
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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

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Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 127 ft vs 135 ft The Fusion SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Impala LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 85 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Chevrolet Impala LS 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Impala LS vs Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Impala LT vs Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2011 Toyota Corolla LE Impala LT vs Corolla LE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2012 Ford Focus S Impala LT vs Focus S
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Impala LS vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion Sport 2012 Ford Mustang Fusion Sport vs Mustang
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Five Fusion Hybrid vs Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Fusion Hybrid vs Passat TDI SE
2012 Ford Fusion S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Fusion S vs Corolla S

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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anon (2:14 PM, October 04, 2012)
With all of the missing and incorrect information, information that's readily available by the way, why even write this comparison? If you're trying to figure out which car to buy I'd suggest doing your own research and driving each car, because this review is missing too much and has too much incorrect to be considered valuable.