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

2012 Ford Fusion Sport

10.0

starting from

$27,945

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion Sport

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Spacious back seats
45.9 ft3
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Child door locks
Standard
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Average highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T

9.8

starting from

$30,720

Reasons to buy the Dodge Challenger R/T

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Blazingly fast top speed
170 mph
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Quite powerful
376 HP @ 5,150 RPM
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Sporty performance
10.9 lb/hp
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Winner: Fusion Sport
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Fusion Sport
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Very inefficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
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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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • 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
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Ford
Fusion Sport
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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 Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Fusion Sport

Cost

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Ford
Fusion Sport
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MSRP $30,720 vs $27,945 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient 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

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

Performance

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Ford
Fusion Sport
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Horsepower 376 HP @ 5,150 RPM vs 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM The Challenger R/T is fairly powerful, but the Fusion Sport is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Fusion Sport's semi-automatic transmission and the Challenger R/T's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions 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 10.9 lb/hp vs 13.7 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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 Sport is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Challenger R/T is quite bad

Practicality

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Ford
Fusion Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 458 miles vs 473 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 16.2 ft3 vs 16.5 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 Sport 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 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

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Ford
Fusion Sport
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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 Sport, 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

Road Tests

Dodge
Challenger R/T
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Ford
Fusion Sport
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0-60 mph 5.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.3 s @ 102 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.89 g vs Unknown
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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 Sport is pretty bad

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2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Challenger SRT8 vs Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium Challenger vs GT-R Premium
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

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