2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.8

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Fast 0-60 time
6.2 seconds
2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Fusion SE

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Average number of gears
6
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Spacious back seats
45.9 ft3
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Maxima SV
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 19 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $11,585 cheaper (more than 30% less), $23,625 vs $35,210
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 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
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV'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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Maxima SV

Cost

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $35,210 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 23 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

Safety Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Fusion SE
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the Fusion SE is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Fusion SE has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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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 37.4 ft vs 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
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 520 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Maxima SV has roomy front seats and the Fusion SE is OK
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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 Optional vs Not Available The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Fusion SE
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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

Entertainment System

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Number of speakers 9 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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV'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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the Fusion SE

Road Tests

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The Maxima SV can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Fusion SE is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 127 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Fusion SE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.79 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 115 mph

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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 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fusion SE vs Jetta TDI
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2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fusion SE vs Corolla

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