2011 Toyota
Prius Five
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion Hybrid

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

10.0

starting from

$29,395

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
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Average 1/4 mile time
16.7 s @ 85 mph
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Fantastic range in the city
697 miles
2011 Toyota Prius Five

9.6

Runner-up

Toyota Prius Five

starting from

$29,550

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Five

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Tighter turning radius
18.0 ft
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Good highway fuel efficiency
48 mpg
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More airbags
6
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Winner: Fusion Hybrid
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion Hybrid's power seats; not available on the Prius Five
Road Tests 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Winner: Fusion Hybrid
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  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 16.7 s @ 85 mph vs 18.0 s @ 79 mph
  • The Fusion Hybrid hits 60mph around 20% faster, 8.9 seconds vs 10.6 seconds
  • Almost the same, 127 ft vs 133 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Prius Five Winner: Prius Five
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 51 mpg vs 41 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Good highway range
  • Neither offers roof rails
  • Both have very limited cargo room
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Prius Five's satellite radio; in the Fusion Hybrid, too, but it'll cost
Overall 9.6 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Hybrid's power seats; not available on the Prius Five
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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 Five

Road Tests

Toyota
Prius Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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0-60 mph 10.6 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 127 ft The Fusion Hybrid has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Prius Five is just OK
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 79 mph vs 16.7 s @ 85 mph The Fusion Hybrid's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Prius Five's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.79 g The Prius Five has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Fusion Hybrid
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Top speed 112 mph vs 115 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Cost

Toyota
Prius Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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MSRP $29,550 vs $29,395 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 41 mpg The Prius Five has great city mileage and the Fusion Hybrid 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

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Prius Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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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

Safety Features

Toyota
Prius Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Five has a good number of airbags, but the Fusion Hybrid is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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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 Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Horsepower 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Fusion Hybrid is of average power, but the Prius Five is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable 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 22.7 lb/hp vs 19.5 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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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 18.0 ft vs 37.5 ft The Prius Five turns on a dime, and the Fusion Hybrid is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Toyota
Prius Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 571 miles vs 612 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 21.6 ft3 vs 11.8 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 51.7 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Fusion Hybrid has average-sized front seats, while the Prius Five is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Prius Five's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Fusion Hybrid
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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 Five
2011 Toyota Prius Five
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford
Fusion Hybrid
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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 Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Prius Five's satellite radio; in the Fusion Hybrid, too, but it'll cost
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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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Fusion Hybrid; but it's not available at all on the Prius Five

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Prius Three 2011 Honda Fit Sport Prius Three vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prius Four vs Camry Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Prius Four vs Golf TDI
2011 Toyota Prius Two 2011 Toyota Yaris Prius Two vs Yaris
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 S 2012 Ford Focus S Fusion S vs Focus S
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid 2012 Chevrolet Volt Fusion Hybrid vs Volt
2012 Ford Fusion SEL 2012 Lincoln MKZ Fusion SEL vs MKZ
2012 Ford Fusion S 2012 Ford Fiesta SES Fusion S vs Fiesta SES

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