Compare 2012 Ford Fusion vs 2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Ford Fusion
2012 Volkswagen Passat
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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 2.5L Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,381
$19,746
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,705
$20,590
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$343 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
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. A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 57.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 102.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 110.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 191.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.5 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.7 x 0.4
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 - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
T7E NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
T7E NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P215/60TR16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3285 3166
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4500 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99A NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/151
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.12
Trans Order Code
446 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.86
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.27
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.66
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Short-Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 5.7
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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