2011 Honda
CR-V EX-L
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SEL

2012 Ford Fusion SEL

9.6

starting from

$29,555

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SEL

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L

9.6

starting from

$29,655
"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 EX-L

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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Moon roof
Standard
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
Crash Test Ratings 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Winner: Fusion SEL
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  • The Fusion SEL has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • The Fusion SEL has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Winner: CR-V EX-L
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the CR-V EX-L's standard sun roof
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The CR-V EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Fusion SEL
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers roof rails
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.6

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The Fusion SEL is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the CR-V EX-L
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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 SEL is 3.0x safer than the CR-V EX-L

Luxury Features

Honda
CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the CR-V EX-L's standard 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

Cost

Honda
CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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MSRP $29,655 vs $29,555 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Road Tests

Honda
CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 8.6 seconds The Fusion SEL's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V EX-L is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 143 ft The CR-V EX-L has above average braking ability, but the Fusion SEL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 82 mph vs 16.6 s @ 88 mph The Fusion SEL's 1/4 mile time is average, but the CR-V EX-L's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 115 mph

Safety Features

Honda
CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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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 EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,550 RPM The Fusion SEL is of average power, but the CR-V EX-L is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Fusion SEL's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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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 19.0 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp The Fusion SEL is a sporty car, while the CR-V EX-L is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Fusion SEL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor 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 EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 428 miles vs 429 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 The CR-V EX-L has OK cargo room, while the Fusion SEL has very little
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 Very cramped 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 Standard vs Optional The CR-V EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Fusion SEL
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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 EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2012 Ford Fusion SEL Ford
Fusion SEL
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Number of speakers 7 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 Optional Like your tunes? In the Fusion SEL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Fusion SEL; but it's not available at all on the CR-V EX-L

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 EX-L 2011 Toyota Venza CR-V EX-L vs Venza
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX 2011 Nissan Murano SL CR-V EX vs Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V EX-L vs X3 xDrive28i
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 Sport 2012 Ford Mustang Fusion Sport vs Mustang
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Fusion Hybrid vs Passat TDI SE
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2011 Toyota Prius Five Fusion Hybrid vs Prius Five

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