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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V6
  • Crisp handling
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Large trunk
  • Base engine drones during hard acceleration

Rankings & Awards

The 2012 Ford Fusion's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Ford Fusion has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.6
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2012 Ford Fusion Overview

Reviewers said the 2012 Fusion’s standard four-cylinder engine has adequate power in most situations, though they noted that the engine drones during hard acceleration. They preferred the two available V6 engines, especially the top-of-the-line, 3.5-liter V6, which they said has plenty of power for passing and merging on the highway. The Fusion comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic transmission was optional when the 2012 Fusion was new. All-wheel drive is also available, which is unusual in this class. The four-cylinder model with an automatic transmission gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, while the 3.5-liter V6 model gets 18/27, which is a bit low for a six-cylinder midsize car. Test drivers wrote that the Fusion has a smooth, comfortable ride on bumpy pavement. They liked its crisp handling and the fact that it stays flat during cornering. However, some said the Fusion’s steering doesn’t feel very direct, and others wished the brake pedal provided better feedback.

The 2012 Fusion’s understated interior design and high-quality trim appealed to critics. They especially liked the attractive faux-aluminum accents and highly legible instrument panel. Critics said the front and rear seats are comfortable, and they thought the driver’s seat is particularly spacious for taller drivers. At 16.5 cubic feet, the Fusion’s trunk is large for the class. Reviewers were impressed with the tech features available in the Ford Fusion, such as SYNC, which allows you to connect your phone and control it using voice commands. The 2012 Ford Fusion’s standard features include a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, an auxiliary jack, a four-speaker audio system and Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents limit the top speed and stereo volume to help encourage smart driving habits for younger drivers. Available features include a moonroof, a 12-speaker Sony surround-sound audio system, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and a blind spot monitoring system.

We named the Ford Fusion our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families and our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for the Money when it was new.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Honda Accord has one of the highest safety scores in the class. Reviewers loved its agile handling and quick, communicative steering system, which they said makes the Accord very fun to drive. Critics also wrote that the Accord has very spacious front and rear seats for an affordable midsize car.

Test drivers were fairly impressed with the acceleration provided by the 2012 Kia Optima’s base engine. The Optima comes standard with Bluetooth and a USB port, which were options in the Fusion when it was new. The Optima also has one of the best safety scores in the class.

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