2011 Toyota
Corolla
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.7

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Power windows
Standard
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OK brakes
Disc
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Power locks
Standard
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Keyless entry
Standard
2011 Toyota Corolla

8.8

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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OK cornering
0.83 g
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,965 cheaper (around 30% less), $16,660 vs $23,625
Road Tests 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • The Fusion SE needs around 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 127 ft vs 136 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
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
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 8.8 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
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 Corolla
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Fusion SE; not available on the Corolla
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Fusion SE

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Fusion SE
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $16,660 vs $23,625 The Corolla has a great price and the Fusion SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 23 mpg The Corolla has great city mileage and the Fusion SE 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

Road Tests

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The Fusion SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Corolla 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.79 g The Corolla has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Fusion SE
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Top speed 115 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Safety Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
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 Drum vs Disc The Fusion SE has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 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 Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Fusion SE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 20.7 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 35.4 ft vs 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
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 462 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Fusion SE has average-sized front seats, while the Corolla 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

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Number of speakers 4 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Camry Corolla vs Camry
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Nissan Versa SL Corolla vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Yaris Corolla vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Prius Four Corolla vs Prius Four
2011 Toyota Corolla S 2011 Toyota Matrix S Corolla S vs Matrix S
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
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Chrysler 300 300C Fusion SE vs 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Fusion SE vs Impala LT

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