2012 Chevrolet
Volt
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.4

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Average number of gears
6
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Less sporty performance
18.8 lb/hp
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Average number of passenger seats
5
2012 Chevrolet Volt

9.0

Runner-up

Chevrolet Volt

starting from

$39,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Volt

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
95 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
90 mpg
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
Luxury Features 6.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Fusion SE; not available on the Volt
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion SE's power seats; not available on the Volt
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.5
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • The Volt has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • The Volt has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • Gets more than 4x more miles per gallon in the city, 95 mpg vs 23 mpg
Road Tests 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • The Fusion SE can go around 20% faster than the Volt , 115 mph vs 100 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.79 g vs 0.78 g
  • Almost the same, 8.9 seconds vs 9.2 seconds
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.0 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
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 Volt
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Fusion SE; not available on the Volt
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Volt is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Fusion SE
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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

Cost

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $39,995 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 95 mpg vs 23 mpg The Volt gets great city mileage, and the Fusion SE gets OK mileage
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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

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 124 ft vs 127 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 81 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Fusion SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Volt 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.79 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 100 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Performance

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 149 HP vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Fusion SE has an OK number of gears, while the Volt has very few
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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 25.4 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp Both Fusion SE and Volt are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
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 Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Volt has a good number of airbags, but the Fusion SE is just OK (missing Knee)
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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 OnStar vs None

Practicality

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Fusion SE has the usual number of seats, while the Volt has very few
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Highway driving range 379 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 10.6 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 The Fusion SE has OK cargo room, while the Volt has very little
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front seats 52.0 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 Optional vs Not Available The Volt offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Fusion SE
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Volt ; but it's not available at all on the Fusion SE

Other Vehicles to Consider

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