2011 Toyota
Prius Four
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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Average number of gears
6
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Power seats
Standard
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Less sporty performance
18.8 lb/hp
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Average-sized front seats
54.4 ft3
2011 Toyota Prius Four

9.5

Runner-up

Toyota Prius Four

starting from

$28,080

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Four

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
51 mpg
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Tighter turning radius
17.1 ft
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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
48 mpg
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • The Prius Four has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Road Tests 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • The Fusion SE hits 60mph around 20% faster, 8.9 seconds vs 10.6 seconds
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.7 s @ 85 mph vs 18.0 s @ 79 mph
  • Almost the same, 127 ft vs 133 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Gets more than 2x more miles per gallon in the city, 51 mpg vs 23 mpg
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
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.5 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
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 Prius Four
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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 Prius Four

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
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

Road Tests

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 10.6 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Prius Four is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 79 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Fusion SE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Prius Four's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.79 g The Prius Four has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Fusion SE
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Top speed 112 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Cost

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $28,080 vs $23,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 23 mpg The Prius Four gets great city mileage, and the Fusion SE gets OK mileage
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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

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
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 6 vs 5 The Prius Four has a good number of airbags, but the Fusion SE is just OK (missing Knee)
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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

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Fusion SE has an OK number of gears, while the Prius Four 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 22.7 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 17.1 ft vs 37.5 ft The Prius Four turns on a dime, and the Fusion SE is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
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 571 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 21.6 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs 54.4 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 Optional vs Not Available The Prius Four offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Fusion SE
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 Prius Four'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Prius Three 2011 Honda Fit Sport Prius Three vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Corolla Prius Four vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prius Four vs Camry Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Prius Four vs Focus Titanium
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Honda CR-Z Prius Four vs CR-Z
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 Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fusion SE vs Corolla

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