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Key Specs

of the 2012 Ford Fusion. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Four-cylinder gas mileage
  • Many standard safety features
  • Luggage space
  • Spring-loaded folding seats
  • Well-executed navigation system

The Bad

  • Crowded center controls
  • Occasional low-rent interior surfaces

Notable Features of the 2012 Ford Fusion

  • Four-cylinder or choice of two V-6s
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available backup camera

2012 Ford Fusion Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Ford used the previous Fusion to usher in its new three-bar grille, which has been a hit with buyers. The current Fusion has an even bolder chrome grille, as if announcing to the world, "Yes, bigger is better." In ascending order, trim levels are the S, SE, SEL and Sport. The Fusion has room for up to five people, and all-wheel drive is optional. There's also a Fusion Hybrid that's detailed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
The SE trim level now comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Little else of significance has changed.

Exterior
If a large grille and wraparound headlights dominate the Fusion's face, the rear seems more subtle. It ditches the original Fusion's trendy clear-lens taillights for traditional red markers. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard body-colored door handles and front and rear bumpers
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Sport models add 18-inch wheels, chrome exhaust pipes and a rear spoiler


Interior

The Fusion seats five, and there is a standard 60/40-split rear seat for carrying longer items. There are metallic accents on the center console, doors and steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Standard power locks and windows
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional navigation system with 8-inch screen


Under the Hood
The Fusion's ba...

Vehicle Overview

Ford used the previous Fusion to usher in its new three-bar grille, which has been a hit with buyers. The current Fusion has an even bolder chrome grille, as if announcing to the world, "Yes, bigger is better." In ascending order, trim levels are the S, SE, SEL and Sport. The Fusion has room for up to five people, and all-wheel drive is optional. There's also a Fusion Hybrid that's detailed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2012
The SE trim level now comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Little else of significance has changed.

Exterior
If a large grille and wraparound headlights dominate the Fusion's face, the rear seems more subtle. It ditches the original Fusion's trendy clear-lens taillights for traditional red markers. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard body-colored door handles and front and rear bumpers
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Sport models add 18-inch wheels, chrome exhaust pipes and a rear spoiler


Interior

The Fusion seats five, and there is a standard 60/40-split rear seat for carrying longer items. There are metallic accents on the center console, doors and steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Standard power locks and windows
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional navigation system with 8-inch screen


Under the Hood
The Fusion's base engine is a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It drives either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Two V-6s are also offered. Mechanical features include:

  • Optional 240-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is available for SE and SEL trims
  • Fusion Sport gets a 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • V-6 engines drive a six-speed automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • All engines use regular gas


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Six standard airbags including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system
  • Optional blind spot warning system with Cross Traffic Alert, which can warn of crossing traffic when backing out of a parking spot

 


Latest 2012 Fusion Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Smooth , stylish, fun car

by T Mathis from New Jersey on October 14, 2018

This vehicle such a joy to drive . Great on gas , easy to use features , leather interior, sunroof , remote starter and the list goes on all under $10k Read full review

(4.0)

Good economical transportation.

by Carman from Murfreesboro on October 10, 2018

Good performance, and dependability for the money. Small issues such as Air Bag light which was only a connector that resulted in being a $379.00 repair that Ford should have made certain the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Ford Fusion currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Ford Fusion S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Ford
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fusion received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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