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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan S FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD S 22 29 $19,381 $20,705
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 23 33 $21,217 $22,975
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 23 33 $23,423 $25,425
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $26,613 $28,970
4-Door Sedan FWD SPORT 18 27 $25,043 $27,225
4-Door Sedan AWD SPORT 17 25 $26,797 $29,175
4-Door Sedan FWD Hybrid 41 36 $26,437 $28,775
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $21,115 $22,110
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,381
$21,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,705
$22,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$369 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks. It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 42.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 37.1 37.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.4
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.3 97.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 191.8
Height, Overall (in) 56.9 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 107.4 112.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 61.7 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.5 15.1
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.5 16.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 39.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/60VR16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code T7E NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60VR16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code T7E NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3285 3432
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 169 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 172 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code 99A LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 33
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.84
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.19 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 2.87
Trans Order Code 446 MH8
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.38 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 4.48
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Fusion Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.9 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Short-Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.6 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 7.2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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