2012 Chevrolet
Volt
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion Hybrid

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

9.7

starting from

$29,395

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic range in the city
697 miles
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Good range on the highway
612 miles
2012 Chevrolet Volt

9.0

Runner-up

Chevrolet Volt

starting from

$39,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Volt

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
90 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
95 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 Hybrid Winner: Fusion Hybrid
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Fusion Hybrid; not available on the Volt
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion Hybrid's power seats; not available on the Volt
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • The Volt has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Road Tests 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Winner: Fusion Hybrid
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  • The Fusion Hybrid 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
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • Gets around 2.5x more miles per gallon in the city, 95 mpg vs 41 mpg
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers roof rails
  • Both have very limited cargo room
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.0 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Hybrid'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 Hybrid; 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 Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Volt is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Fusion Hybrid
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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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
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 124 ft vs 127 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 81 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.79 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 100 mph vs 115 mph The Fusion Hybrid's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Volt is just OK

Cost

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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MSRP $39,995 vs $29,395 The Fusion Hybrid has a great price and the Volt is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 95 mpg vs 41 mpg The Volt gets great city mileage, and the Fusion Hybrid 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

Performance

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Horsepower 149 HP vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Fusion Hybrid is of average power, but the Volt is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable 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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 25.4 lb/hp vs 19.5 lb/hp The Fusion Hybrid has OK performance while the Volt gives sluggish performance
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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

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Volt
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2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Hybrid is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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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 Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Fusion Hybrid has the usual number of seats, while the Volt has very few
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Highway driving range 379 miles vs 612 miles The Fusion Hybrid has great highway range, but the Volt is very limited
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Cargo space 10.6 ft3 vs 11.8 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Fusion Hybrid has average-sized front seats, while the Volt is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Volt 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Fusion Hybrid
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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

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Volt
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2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Optional Like your tunes? In the Fusion Hybrid, you can upgrade to 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 Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Chevrolet Volt 2011 Toyota Prius Four Volt vs Prius Four
2012 Chevrolet Volt 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volt vs Jetta TDI
2012 Chevrolet Volt 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Volt vs Camry Hybrid
2012 Chevrolet Volt 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid Volt vs Optima Hybrid
2012 Chevrolet Volt 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Volt vs Civic Hybrid
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Five Fusion Hybrid vs Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion S 2012 Ford Focus S Fusion S vs Focus S
2012 Ford Fusion SEL 2012 Lincoln MKZ Fusion SEL vs MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Fusion S vs Corolla S

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