2011 Dodge
Challenger R/T
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion Hybrid

2011 Dodge Challenger R/T

9.8

starting from

$30,720

Reasons to buy the Dodge Challenger R/T

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Average number of gears
6
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Blazingly fast top speed
170 mph
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Sporty performance
10.9 lb/hp
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Quite powerful
376 HP @ 5,150 RPM
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

9.5

Runner-up

Ford Fusion Hybrid

starting from

$29,395

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Fantastic range in the city
697 miles
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
41 mpg
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Is a hybrid
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Has continuously-variable transmission
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Winner: Challenger R/T
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  • The Challenger R/T can go around 50% faster than the Fusion Hybrid, 170 mph vs 115 mph
  • The Challenger R/T can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.89 g vs 0.79 g
  • More than 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 14.3 s @ 102 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Winner: Fusion Hybrid
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  • Gets more than 2.5x more miles per gallon in the city, 41 mpg vs 15 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 9.5

Road Tests

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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0-60 mph 5.9 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The Challenger R/T can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Fusion Hybrid is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion Hybrid's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Challenger R/T is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.3 s @ 102 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Challenger R/T's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Fusion Hybrid's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.89 g vs 0.79 g The Challenger R/T has good cornering abilities, but the Fusion Hybrid is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 170 mph vs 115 mph The Challenger R/T can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Fusion Hybrid is pretty bad

Cost

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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MSRP $30,720 vs $29,395 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 41 mpg The Fusion Hybrid gets great city mileage, but the Challenger R/T 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

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Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
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 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Safety Features

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Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
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 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 Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fusion Hybrid; optional upgrade on the Challenger R/T
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

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Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Horsepower 376 HP @ 5,150 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Challenger R/T is fairly powerful, but the Fusion Hybrid is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The Challenger R/T has an OK number of gears, while the Fusion Hybrid has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Fusion Hybrid's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 10.9 lb/hp vs 19.5 lb/hp The Challenger R/T is a sporty car, but the Fusion Hybrid is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Challenger R/T has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 37.5 ft The Fusion Hybrid is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Challenger R/T is quite bad

Practicality

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Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 458 miles vs 612 miles The Fusion Hybrid gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Challenger R/T gets OK distance
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Cargo space 16.2 ft3 vs 11.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Challenger R/T has roomy front seats and the Fusion Hybrid is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Challenger R/T'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 4 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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Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
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 No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

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