2012 Ford
Fusion Sport
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang

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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Average number of airbags
5
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Folding rear seats
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2012 Ford Mustang

9.9

starting from

$32,105
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
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"I can’t stop thinking about how much power the new Shelby offered."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's performance

Reasons to buy the Ford Mustang

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Tighter turning radius
33.4 ft
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Sporty performance
11.8 lb/hp
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Ford Fusion Sport Winner: Fusion Sport
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  • The best price we've seen is $4,160 cheaper (more than 10% less), $27,945 vs $32,105
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 10.0 vs 9.9

Cost

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Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Mustang Ford
Mustang
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MSRP $27,945 vs $32,105 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg The Mustang has OK city mileage, while the Fusion Sport 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

Ford
Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Mustang Ford
Mustang
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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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Mustang Ford
Mustang
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 3 The Fusion Sport has an OK number of airbags while the Mustang has very few (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain)
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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 Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fusion Sport; optional upgrade on the Mustang
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Fusion Sport
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2012 Ford Mustang Ford
Mustang
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Mustang Ford
Mustang
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Horsepower 263 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 305 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Mustang 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 Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Fusion Sport's semi-automatic transmission and the Mustang 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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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 13.7 lb/hp vs 11.8 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Mustang has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.5 ft vs 33.4 ft The Mustang can make tight turns, and the Fusion Sport is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Fusion Sport
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2012 Ford Mustang Ford
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Fusion Sport has the usual number of seats, while the Mustang has very few
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Highway driving range 473 miles vs 464 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 9.6 ft3 The Fusion Sport has OK cargo room, while the Mustang has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Fusion Sport's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Mustang
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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 Unknown vs 2
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Fusion Sport
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Mustang
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 8
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang 's satellite radio; in the Fusion Sport, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Fusion Sport; but it's not available at all on the Mustang

Road Tests

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Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Fusion Sport
2012 Ford Mustang Ford
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 6.2 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 134 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 14.8 s @ 98 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.96 g
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Top speed 115 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Other Vehicles to Consider

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
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Mustang GT vs Charger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Mustang GT vs Camaro SS
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited

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