2011 Chrysler
300 300C
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.8

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$23,625
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Average number of gears
6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C

9.7

starting from

$41,145

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 300 300C

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Quite powerful
363 HP @ 5,200 RPM
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
14.0 s s @ 101.4 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
5.5 seconds
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Gets more than 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 15 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $17,520 cheaper (more than 40% less), $23,625 vs $41,145
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Chrysler 300 300C Winner: 300 300C
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the 300 300C
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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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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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.8

Cost

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $41,145 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fusion SE has OK city mileage, while the 300 300C is very inefficient
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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

Luxury Features

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
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 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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the 300 300C

Performance

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 363 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The 300 300C is fairly powerful, but the Fusion SE is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The 300 300C's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available 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 12.4 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The 300 300C is a sporty car, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The 300 300C's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Fusion SE is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 37.5 ft

Safety Features

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
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 300 300C 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 Uconnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Practicality

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
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 439 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 16.3 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The 300 300C 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 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 Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Fusion SE, but the 300 300C's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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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

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the 300 300C's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the 300 300C; no amount of money can buy it on the Fusion SE

Road Tests

Chrysler
300 300C
2011 Chrysler 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 5.5 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The 300 300C can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Fusion SE is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 120 ft vs 127 ft The 300 300C has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.0 s s @ 101.4 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The 300 300C's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Fusion SE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.79 g The 300 300C has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Fusion SE
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Top speed Unknown vs 115 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Chrysler 300 300C 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 300 300C vs E350
2011 Chrysler 300 300C 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T 300 300C vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Prius Four Fusion SE vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fusion SE vs Jetta TDI
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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