Compare 2009 Ford Fusion vs 2008 Volkswagen Jetta

2009 Ford Fusion
2008 Volkswagen Jetta
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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 Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S 21 29 $17,263 $18,065
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 21 29 $17,263 $18,065
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE 21 29 $19,812 $20,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 21 29 $19,812 $20,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 29 $21,664 $22,900
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 21 29 $21,664 $22,900
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Wolfsburg 22 29 $20,771 $21,950
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 22 29 $20,771 $21,950
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 21 29 $16,190 $16,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S PZEV 21 29 $16,190 $16,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 21 29 $18,739 $19,850
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 21 29 $18,739 $19,850
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Wolfsburg 20 29 $19,698 $20,875
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Wolfsburg PZEV 20 29 $19,698 $20,875
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,707
$17,263
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,035
$18,065
Monthly Payment Estimate
$317 / month
$301 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
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 Volkswagen Jetta has great room and a great turbo engine option, though its character’s been diluted a little.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.4 91
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 54.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.2 179.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
28.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 16.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.2 X 0.47
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 - 11.3 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.00
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3181 3285
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.7 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 4250 177 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code
99Z NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6250 170 @ - TBD -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.37
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 4.04
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.56
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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