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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 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,381
$19,095
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,705
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$325 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Sedan Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.3 102.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.0 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 37.1 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 54.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 107.4 110.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.7 63.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.5 15.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 11.2 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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/60VR16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code T7E NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60VR16 P205/60R16
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 3206
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 172 @ 4500 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code 99A NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.69
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.19 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.93
Trans Order Code 446 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.26
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Fusion Kia Optima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Multi-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 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 6.5
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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