2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

If you're seeking sky-high fuel economy in a family-friendly package, a growing set of cars will satisfy your leaner urges.

The Prius has been around forever, and if you're open to hatchback styling, it's a spacious package with a 51-mpg best EPA rating.

The hybrids from Hyundai and Kia hit their marks on paper, but we've had less luck replicating those fuel-economy numbers in the real world, and their hybrid systems can judder as they transition from electric to gas-electric power.

For smoothness and simplicity, you can't get much better than the latest Volkswagen Passat TDI--the turbodiesel version, which promises up to 43 mpg on the highway, which we've come close to attaining on long-distance drives.

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Sonata
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid scores with its deft hybrid integration, and for preserving so much of the Fusion's basic goodness.
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I5
EPA Class    
N/ALarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size
Style Name    
N/A4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX5-Door HB One (SE)4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
N/A4 Door SedanSedanHatchback4 Door Sdn
N/AManualManualContinuously Variable RatioManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Hyundai Sonata2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Kia Optima2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Toyota Prius2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2012 Volkswagen Passat