North Georgia Ford Compares 2012 Ford Fusion VS 2012 Toyota Camry Near Jasper, GA

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2012 Ford Fusion

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2012 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

The Fusion offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Camry doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Fusion and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Fusion 4 cyl./Sport has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Camry doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s reliability will be 24% better than the Camry.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fusion S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L/LE/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion (except Sport)’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camry doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fusion SE handles at .81 G’s, while the Camry Hybrid XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Camry (16.5 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Fusion’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camry Hybrid’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Fusion automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Camry’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Camry have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Camry prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fusion SEL/Sport/Hybrid’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Camry’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Fusion’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Camry L doesn’t offer power locks.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on Fusion S/SE). The Camry doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Fusion’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camry L’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Fusion SEL/Sport/Hybrid’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry LE/SE/XLE’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Fusion Hybrid has a 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Camry doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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