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 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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 15.4
Brakes
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 -
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 - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 35.8
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
T7C NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
T7C NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
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)
3720 3385
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 3.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
41 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
39 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Kia Optima
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.7 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
9 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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