Compare 2009 Ford Fusion vs 2008 Kia Optima

2009 Ford Fusion
2008 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SE FWD 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SEL FWD 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE AWD 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE FWD 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL AWD 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL FWD 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,707
$18,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,035
$19,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$317 / month
$332 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere. The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 57.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 54.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.4 104.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.2 186.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
28.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 71.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
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 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.86
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P205/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3181 3179
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.7 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6250 162 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 4250 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99Z NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Sportmatic shifter
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.06
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.42
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent double wishbone Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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