2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

10.0

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Power seats
Standard
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Leather
Optional
2011 Honda CR-V

8.8

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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CD changer
Standard
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 9.1 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • The Fusion SE has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers roof rails
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 8.8 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 CR-V
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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

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs 5 stars The Fusion SE is 3.0x safer than the CR-V

Cost

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $23,405 vs $23,625 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fusion SE has great city mileage and the CR-V 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

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 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 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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-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 37.8 ft vs 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 428 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the Fusion SE has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the Fusion 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 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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 Yes 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 127 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 82 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Fusion SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the CR-V 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.79 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs 115 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Ford Edge SEL CR-V vs Edge SEL
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 2012 Lincoln MKZ Fusion SE vs MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Kia Forte EX Fusion SE vs Forte EX

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