2012 Ford
Fiesta SES
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion S

2012 Ford Fiesta SES

10.0

starting from

$18,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SES

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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
2012 Ford Fusion S

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Fusion S

starting from

$20,645

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion S

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OK brakes
Disc
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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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fiesta SES
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.5
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  • The Fiesta SES has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
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
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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 10.0 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

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Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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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 Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fiesta SES

Crash Test Ratings

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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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 S
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Fiesta SES

Cost

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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MSRP $18,295 vs $20,645 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 22 mpg The Fiesta SES has great city mileage and the Fusion S 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 SES
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2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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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 Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in 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 21.5 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp Both Fusion S and Fiesta SES 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 SES
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2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 560 miles
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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 S has average-sized front seats, while the Fiesta SES 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 SES
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2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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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 S 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 SES
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Fusion S
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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 Fiesta SES'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Fusion S Ford
Fusion S
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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 S's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SES is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s @ 80 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Fusion S's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Fiesta SES's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.79 g The Fiesta SES has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Fusion S
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Top speed Unknown vs 115 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Yaris Fiesta SE vs Yaris
2012 Ford Fiesta SES 2011 Volkswagen Golf Fiesta SES vs Golf
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Fiesta SE vs Aveo LT
2012 Ford Fiesta S 2011 Kia Soul Fiesta S vs Soul
2012 Ford Fiesta SEL 2011 Nissan JUKE S Fiesta SEL vs JUKE S
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Five Fusion Hybrid vs Prius Five
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 2011 Chrysler 200 Touring Fusion S vs 200 Touring

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