The battle for family sedan buyers has never been so competitive, and the Fusion has some new and old opponents in the four-door arena this year.
The Chevy Malibu is in the last year of its current generation, just like the Fusion.
It's a larger sedan with less nimble handling and fewer tech features offered, but still scores well for safety and space.
The Honda Accord is a perennial top finisher here, with its large back seat and high-quality interior overcoming a feeling of creeping "bigness." The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima breathe new life into the class with sharp designs and a choice of four-cylinder, turbo and hybrid models.
Finally, the aging Nissan Altima still represents a good value and has frisky handling, but CVT versions are better left alone and it's late to the game when it comes to luxury options.
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|2012 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda Accord SedanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Mid-Size Sedan||Midsize||Large||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Automatic w/manual shift||Manual||Manual||Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio|
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|2012 Ford Fusion vs. 2012 Chevrolet Malibu||2012 Ford Fusion vs. 2012 Honda Accord Sedan||2012 Ford Fusion vs. 2012 Hyundai Sonata||2012 Ford Fusion vs. 2012 Kia Optima||2012 Ford Fusion vs. 2012 Nissan Altima|