Compare 2012 Ford Fusion vs 2012 Kia Optima

2012 Ford Fusion
2012 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD 41 36 $26,437 $28,775
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 29 $19,381 $20,705
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 23 33 $21,217 $22,975
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 25 $26,613 $28,970
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 23 33 $23,423 $25,425
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT AWD 17 25 $26,797 $29,175
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT FWD 18 27 $25,043 $27,225
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500

Pricing

Invoice Price

$26,437
$23,455

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$28,775
$25,100

Monthly Payment Estimate

$480 / month
$418 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
8.6

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 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.

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Fuel Economy

City

41 mpg 22 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 34 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Mid-Size Sedan Midsize Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

53.3 54.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.4 57.2

Passenger Volume (ft³)

99.8 102.2

Second Head Room (in)

37.8 37.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.5 55.7

Front Leg Room (in)

42.3 45.5

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.0 54.7

Second Leg Room (in)

36.7 34.7

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 40.0

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.7 62.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.3

Length, Overall (in)

190.6 190.7

Height, Overall (in)

56.9 57.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.3 62.8

Wheelbase (in)

107.4 110.0

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.2 72.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

11.8 15.4

Brakes

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 - 11.2 x - 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)

- TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

17.5 18.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.0 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.7 35.8

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.9

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

T7C NA

Front Tire Size

P225/50VR17 P215/55R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

T7C NA

Spare Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/50VR17 P215/55R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3720 3385

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 3.5

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 600

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 110

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

- TBD - 269 @ 1750

Engine Order Code

993 NA

Displacement

2.5L/152 2.0L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

191 combined 274 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas/Electric I4 Turbocharged Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 34

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

41 22

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

39 26

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.84

Trans Type

1 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 2.83

Trans Order Code

44H NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.57 2.88

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.38

Trans Description Cont.

Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/manual shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.77

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 4.65

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Fusion Kia Optima

Body Style

4 Door Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.9 - TBD -

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 MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.6 - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

9 6

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

4.7 7.1

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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