Compare 2012 Ford Fusion vs 2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Ford Fusion
2012 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan FWD S
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 FWD SPORT 18 27 $25,043 $27,225
4-Door Sedan FWD Hybrid 41 36 $26,437 $28,775
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $26,613 $28,970
4-Door Sedan AWD SPORT 17 25 $26,797 $29,175
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,381
$19,699
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,705
$20,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$343 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.6
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 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 100.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 44.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 56.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.5 15.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
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 - 11.5 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
T7E NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
T7E NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3285 3180
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
99A NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA
Trans Order Code
446 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.38 5.79
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 0.86
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 Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
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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