2012 Ford Fusion vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Fusion
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

2012 Ford Fusion2012 Ford Fusion
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2012 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Kia Optima2012 Kia Optima
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2012 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Altima
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
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 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size SedanMidsizeLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
ManualAutomatic w/manual shiftManualManualContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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