2012 Ford Fusion

MSRP $20,705 - $29,175

Ranked #4 in Sedan

8.0

Overall Rating

2012 Ford Fusion Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Blue Oval is the most recognized and beloved brand across the U.S. and one of the most significant reasons for such appreciation is their critically appreciated mid-size sedan, the 2012 Ford Fusion. The current model began production in the year 2006 and has been going on since with significant growth in sales over time. You get a choice of powertrains, with a gas or hybrid engine to choose from, with manual or automatic transmission. The design is still modern and accentuates the no-nonsense character of the car quite well.

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Pros

Spacious interiors

High tech features

Comfortable ride

Optional all-wheel-drive

Cons

Average fuel economy from the V6

Audio and climate controls have a lot of switches

Expensive hybrid model

What's New?

No significant changes made 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20705

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

152 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

107.4 in.

length

190.6 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3285 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/27/32 mpg

highway range

560 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$20,705 onwards

SE$22,975 onwards

SEL$25,425 onwards

SPORT$27,225 onwards

SEL 3.0$28,970 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Ford Fusion in Admiral Blue Metallic color
Admiral Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The Ford Fusion has been one of the hard-hitters in the segment with respectable figures backing up its claims. That said, these numbers also make it a very solid rival to the 2012 Nissan Altima, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2012 Kia Optima. Let’s see how the Ford stacks up against the others, and how well it performs as a value offering in the segment. 


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Ford Fusion Features

8.5/10

The 2012 Ford Fusion is offered in four trim levels, that start off at the S trim priced at $20,705 which brings in pretty basic features like keyless entry, air-conditioning, full power accessories, integrated blind-spot monitor, and cruise control. The SE adds bigger alloy wheels, automatic headlights, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with a slightly better sound system.

Next up is the ‘SEL’ trim that gets an optional all-wheel-drive system and adds in more premium materials along with more amenities like dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and ambient interior lighting. The range-topping Sport trim comes with a more powerful engine and is filled to the brim with features that justify its $27,225 price tag. 

Trim

S

SE

SEL

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$20,705

$22,975

$25,425

$27,225

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

N/A

$28,970

$29,175

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

Add/replacing the features of S trim:

Add/replacing the features of SE trim:

Add/replacing the features of SEL trim:

 

Full power accessories

Automatic headlights

Numerical keyless entry pad

Unique leather-trimmed seats

 

Tilt and telescopic steering

17-inch alloys

Ambient lighting

Four-way power-adjustable passenger seat

 

60/40 split-folding rear seats

Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Leather upholstery

18-inch alloy wheel

 

Integrated blind-spot monitor

Six-speaker audio system with steering controls

Automatic dual-zone climate control

Bigger V6 engine

 

Keyless entry

 

3.0L Flex-fuel V6 engine

Sport-tuned suspension

We Recommend

The SEL makes the best recommendation because it offers more comfort and features and comes with a bigger engine and optional all-wheel drive. It also boasts of a more premium cabin which makes that trim a no-brainer. 

2012 Ford Fusion Engine and Performance

6.0/10

There are a lot of engine options you can choose from when it comes to the 2012 Ford Fusion, with the standard one being a 2.5L inline-4 which produces 175 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission in a FWD configuration. The SEL trim upgrades the powerplant to a 3.0L Flex fuel engine which offers more power but is less refined than the 3.5L V6 that the range-topping trim comes equipped with. 

This 3.5L V6 is the most powerful and produces 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque and comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be had with both the FWD and the AWD drivetrains. The AWD drivetrain does feel punchier and has better dynamics than the other. 

Models

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Kia Optima

MSRP

$20,705

$20,550

$20,795

$23,200

Engine

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual 

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

175 HP @ 6,000 RPM

175 HP @ 5,600 RPM

200 HP @ 6,300 RPM

200 HP @ 6,300 RPM

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

180 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

186 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

186 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.0

7.5

8.1

7.9

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.1

15.8

N/A

16.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

125

115

131

120

All the cars have very similar engines, with the Altima being the only one equipped with a CVT. This CVT is sluggish off-the-line but proves to be the fastest than the others in the group. The Ford’s manual transmission is ideal for the city but can’t be used to put down power effectively to the ground. 

2012 Ford Fusion Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2012 Fusion offers decent gas mileage for the segment from the 2.5L engine offered as the base engine. The EPA estimates for this engine are at 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, for a combined 24 MPG. Opting for the V6 will further dip the MPG figures to 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. 

Models

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Kia Optima

MPG (City)

22

23

24

24

MPG (Highway)

29

32

35

35

MPG (Combined)

24

27

28

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.5

20

18.5

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

385/560/437

460/640/540

444/648/518

444/648/518

Both Hyundai and Kia are mechanically the same, and while they are different on the performance front, they offer the most fuel-efficient engines in the comparo. The Altima takes the lead here with the biggest tank in the segment that ensures the most range and the least fuel stops.

2012 Ford Fusion Interior

8.0/10

There are hardly any cons to talk about for the interior of the 2012 Ford Fusion as it has one of the roomiest cabins. Ford has made good use of the space and the cabin feels the roomiest despite the Fusion actually being a midsize sedan. The overall build quality of the cabin is also quite good as there are hardly any panel gaps, squeaks, or rattles that one would hear in the car. The outward visibility is good, even though the driving position is slightly lower than what one would find in the other cars of the segment. The front seats offer good support and are well-bolstered making them comfortable. The rear seats mimic the comfort of the front seats with soft upholstery and comfortable bench angle. 

Models

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Kia Optima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.7/57.4/42.3

40.6/55.7/44.1

40/57.9/45.5

40/57.3/45.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/56.5/37.1

36.8/55.5/35.8

37.8/56.7/34.6

37.6/55.7/34.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.5

15.3

16.4

15.4

The Fusion is the roomiest of all with impressive shoulder room and a lot of legroom for the rear passengers. The headroom might feel a bit lacking on paper, but the real-world scenarios prove otherwise. That said, the impressive quality and feel of the cabin is further enhanced by:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver lumbar
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Ambient interior lighting

How intuitive is the 2012 Ford Fusion’s Infotainment unit?

The standard player in the 2012 Ford Fusion is pretty basic and consists of a four-speaker sound system with audio input in the form of AM/FM, an auxiliary jack, and a CD player. On the higher trims, you get Ford’s SYNC infotainment system that adds Bluetooth connectivity, a premium six-speaker sound system, or an available premium Sony sound system which helps enhance the music experience in the car. Some of the highlighting features include:

  • 6-speaker audio sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • SYNC Voice commands
  • Built-in navigation
  • HD radio

2012 Ford Fusion Exterior

9.0/10

Sharing most of its design cues from Ford’s concept 427, the design of the 2012 Ford Fusion might be something that has been there for a while, but it still does not look old. It comes with a crisp and sharp style resulting from the squat tail lights and a big barred grille. The arched-out fenders and the slightly bulky body design offer more of a sports sedan feel to the car, rather than a traditional mid-size sedan. 

Models

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Kia Optima

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,285

3,180

3,316

3,223

Length (inches)

191

191

190

191

Width (inches)

72.1

71

72

72

Height (inches)

57

58

58

57

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.0

5.0

6.0

5.0

Wheelbase (inches)

107.4

109

110.3

110

The cars are very similar in proportions with the Fusion edging a bit more width than the others, which also translates to better cabin room inside. It also has good ground clearance that helps go over the undulations on the road while also maintaining the handling. That said, the Fusion’s design is highlighted by:

  • 16-/17/18-inch alloy wheels
  • Deck-lid spoiler
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Security code keyless entry pad

2012 Ford Fusion Safety

7.0/10

While the result from the NHTSA is not mind-blowing, the 2012 Ford Fusion offers quite good passenger protections and fares well in the safety ratings given to it by the IIHS, which also awards it with the title of their ‘Top Safety Pick’. The NHTSA gives it an overall rating of four stars which is expected to improve with the next-generation. 

The list of safety features includes standard safety features like dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, with traction and stability control offered as standard. ABS is also standard in the Ford Fusion, other safety features include:

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Active headrests

2012 Ford Fusion Final Verdict

The high sales figure is a self-explanatory reason more than any critic review about how good of a car the 2012 Ford Fusion actually is. The extensive cabin space, availability of a lot of features, refined four-cylinder engine, and an engaging driving experience, and a lot of other traits about the car and the high sales figure are a solid proof of whether you should buy the car or not.

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