2012 Ford
Fiesta SE
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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OK brakes
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Spacious back seats
45.9 ft3
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Average-sized front seats
54.4 ft3
2012 Ford Fiesta SE

9.0

Runner-up

Ford Fiesta SE

starting from

$16,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SE

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion SE's power seats; not available on the Fiesta SE
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fusion SE
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • The Fiesta SE has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,330 cheaper (more than 30% less), $16,295 vs $23,625
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.0 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
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 Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion SE's power seats; not available on the Fiesta SE
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fusion SE

Crash Test Ratings

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Fiesta SE
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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 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Fusion SE
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Fiesta SE

Cost

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Fiesta SE
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2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $16,295 vs $23,625 The Fiesta SE has a great price and the Fusion SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fiesta SE has great city mileage and the Fusion SE is pretty reasonable
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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

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Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Fusion SE'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 21.5 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp Both Fusion SE and Fiesta SE are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 Unknown vs 37.5 ft

Practicality

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Fiesta SE
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Fusion SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs Unknown
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Cargo space Unknown vs 16.5 ft3
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front seats 50.3 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Fusion SE has average-sized front seats, while the Fiesta SE is very cramped
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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

Safety Features

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Fiesta SE
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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 Drum vs Disc The Fusion SE has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

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Fiesta SE
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Fusion SE
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Number of speakers 4 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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Fiesta SE, 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s @ 80 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Fusion SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Fiesta SE's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.79 g The Fiesta SE 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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2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Honda Civic Si Fiesta SE vs Civic Si
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fiesta SE vs Corolla
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Fiesta SE vs Aveo LT
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 BMW 135i Fiesta SE vs 135i
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Prius Four Fusion SE vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Fusion SE vs Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Volt Fusion SE vs Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SEL 2012 Lincoln MKZ Fusion SEL vs MKZ

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