2012 Ford
Fusion SE
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang GT

2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.2

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Spacious back seats
45.9 ft3
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Average number of airbags
5
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
2012 Ford Mustang GT

9.0

Runner-up

Ford Mustang GT

starting from

$30,105
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's engine
"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 GT

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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
12.7 s @ 111 mph
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Quite powerful
412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Very sporty performance
8.7 lb/hp
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Lightning fast 0-60 time
4.4 seconds
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Road Tests 7.7 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Mustang GT Winner: Mustang GT
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  • More than 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 12.7 s @ 111 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph
  • The Mustang GT hits 60mph 2x faster, 4.4 seconds vs 8.9 seconds
  • The Mustang GT needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 104 ft vs 127 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
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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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Overall 9.2 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion SE's power seats; not available on the Mustang GT
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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 Fusion SE

Road Tests

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 4.4 seconds The Mustang GT has lightning fast acceleration but the Fusion SE's is more like a ride-on mower
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Braking distance at 60mph 127 ft vs 104 ft The Mustang GT has extraordinary brakes, but the Fusion SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 85 mph vs 12.7 s @ 111 mph The Mustang GT's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Fusion SE's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.88 g The Mustang GT has good cornering abilities, but the Fusion SE is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 115 mph vs 155 mph The Mustang GT can hit high speeds, but the Fusion SE is below average for this class of vehicle

Cost

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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MSRP $23,625 vs $30,105 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 17 mpg The Fusion SE has OK city mileage, while the Mustang GT 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

Entertainment System

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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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 Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang GT's satellite radio
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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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 SE has an OK number of airbags while the Mustang GT 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 SE; optional upgrade on the Mustang GT
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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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

Ford
Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Horsepower 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Mustang GT is very powerful, but the Fusion SE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Fusion SE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 18.8 lb/hp vs 8.7 lb/hp The Mustang GT is a very sporty car, while the Fusion SE is quite sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Mustang GT 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 GT can make tight turns, and the Fusion SE is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Ford
Fusion SE
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Ford
Mustang GT
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Fusion SE has the usual number of seats, while the Mustang GT has very few
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 416 miles
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Cargo space 16.5 ft3 vs 13.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Unknown vs 2
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Prius Four Fusion SE vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Fusion SE vs Focus Titanium
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fusion SE vs Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Lincoln MKZ Fusion SE vs MKZ
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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