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2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Kia Optima

  2012 Ford Fusion 2012 Kia Optima
MSRP
$20,705
$19,500
Invoice $19,381 $19,095
MPG
City/Highway
17/36 22/39
Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
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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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • A standout in a sometimes bland crowd
  • Good fit and finish
  • Soaring gas mileage numbers from the Hybrid
  • Firm, fine ride and handling

Dislikes:

  • On the smaller end of the family-car scale
  • No paddles for shifting Fusion Sport's transmission
  • Smaller V-6 groans when pushed

Likes:

  • Handsome, chiseled shape
  • Interior looks sporty, refined
  • Engaging handling
  • Great gas mileage
  • Bluetooth is standard

Dislikes:

  • Seats have short, flat bottom cushions
  • Fast roofline cuts down on head room
  • Nav system eliminates UVO
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