Pecheles Automotive Compares 2011 Ford Fusion VS 2011 Toyota Camry Near Washington, NC

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2011 Ford Fusion

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2011 Ford Fusion

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2011 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.

The Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Camry doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

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.

The Fusion offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Camry doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

366

505

Chest forces

36 g’s

41 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

367

522

Chest forces

35 g’s

41 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Fusion is safer then the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

23 mm

42 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

23 mm

38 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Torso Acceleration

11.8 g’s

13.1 g’s

Neck Force Rating

Low

Medium

Max Neck Shearing Force

1

35

Max Neck Tension

429

786

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Fusion as a “Top Pick” for 2010, a rating only granted to 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camry was not a “Top Pick.”

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 2WD 4 cyl.’s reliability will be 11% better than the Camry with the best reliability rating.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion second among midsize cars in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The Camry isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Camry:

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

172 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

191 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

Fusion SE/SEL 3.0 DOHC V6

240 HP

223 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 3.5 DOHC V6

263 HP

249 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

169 HP

167 lbs.-ft.

Camry SE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

179 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Camry Hybrid 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

187 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

268 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Fusion SE/SEL 3.0 DOHC V6 is faster than the Camry Hybrid 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid (automatics tested):

Fusion

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Camry Hybrid CVT (41 city/36 hwy vs. 33 city/34 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/33 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

The Fusion has a standard capless 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 capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fusion’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.57 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.98 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Camry:

Fusion

Camry

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

200 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion SE/SEL/Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (225/50R17 vs. 215/60R16).

The Fusion’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry SE’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Camry’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

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 .82 G’s, while the Camry Hybrid pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Camry Hybrid (27.9 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.1 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Motor Trend, the interior of the Fusion SEL is quieter than the Camry LE:

Fusion

Camry

Full-Throttle

72.3 dB

93.7 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Camry (16.5 vs. 15 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 27.6 inches, while the Camry’s liftover is 29 inches.

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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

On a hot day the Fusion’s driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Camry can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Fusion has standard extendable sun visors. The Camry doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Fusion’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Camry’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Fusion’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Camry’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “3” insurance rate while the Camry is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $528 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Fusion than the Camry, including $62 less for a water pump, $75 less for a starter, $103 less for fuel injection, $181 less for front struts, $98 less for a timing belt/chain and $34 less for a power steering pump.

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