Compare 2012 Kia Optima vs 2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Kia Optima
2012 Ford Fusion
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,095
$19,381
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$20,705
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$345 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 54.0
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 37.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 100.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.0 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 190.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 16.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x - TBD - - 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)
11.8 x - TBD - - TBD -
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)
18.5 17.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 39.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA T7E
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P205/60VR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T7E
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P205/60VR16
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)
3206 3285
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 6300 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4250 172 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA 99A
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 29
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA 446
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33-3.25 4.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.26 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.69 1.31
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 0.84
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Ford Fusion
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short-Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.6
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 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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