2011 Dodge
Challenger
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2011 Dodge Challenger

10.0

starting from

$25,720

Reasons to buy the Dodge Challenger

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Sporty performance
12.6 lb/hp
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Quite powerful
305 HP @ 6,350 RPM
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Fast 0-60 time
6.4 seconds
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
14.8 s @ 94 mph
2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Fusion SE

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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Spacious back seats
45.9 ft3
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Child door locks
Standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Dodge Challenger Winner: Challenger
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  • The Challenger hits 60mph around 30% faster, 6.4 seconds vs 8.9 seconds
  • More than 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 14.8 s @ 94 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph
  • The Challenger can go around 20% faster than the Fusion SE, 137 mph vs 115 mph
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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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 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 10.0 vs 9.4

Road Tests

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The Challenger can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Fusion SE is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 118 ft vs 127 ft The Challenger has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.8 s @ 94 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Challenger 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Fusion SE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs 0.79 g The Challenger has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Fusion SE
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Top speed 137 mph vs 115 mph The Challenger 's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK

Cost

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $25,720 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fusion SE has OK city mileage, while the Challenger 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

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Safety Features

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
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 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 SE; optional upgrade on the Challenger
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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
2011 Dodge Challenger
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,350 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Challenger 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 Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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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 12.6 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The Challenger is a sporty car, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Challenger 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 SE is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Challenger is quite bad

Practicality

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
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 516 miles vs Unknown
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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 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 Optional vs Not Available The Challenger offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Fusion SE
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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
2011 Dodge Challenger
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 No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Challenger ; but it's not available at all on the Fusion SE

Other Vehicles to Consider

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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 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 Hybrid 2012 Chevrolet Volt Fusion Hybrid vs Volt
2012 Ford Fusion S 2012 Ford Focus S Fusion S vs Focus S
2012 Ford Fusion S 2012 Ford Fiesta SES Fusion S vs Fiesta SES

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