Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2012 Ford Fusion VS 2012 Volvo S60 Near Avondale, AZ

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2012 Ford Fusion

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2012 Volvo S60

Safety Comparison

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 S60 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Fusion (except S) offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The S60 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fusion and the S60 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

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fusion 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 5 years or 50,000 miles.

The Fusion’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the S60’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Fusion’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The S60’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the S60’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 S60 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the S60 T5 (41 city/36 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The S60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion uses regular unleaded gasoline. The S60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 S60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The S60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 S60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fusion may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the Volvo S60.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Fusion Hybrid is quieter than the S60 T6 AWD:

Fusion

S60

At idle

36 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .4 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the S60 (16.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

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 S60 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 (Fusion SEL/Sport/Hybrid). The driver of the S60 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 S60 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 S60’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Fusion’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the S60’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fusion (except S) has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The S60 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional Sync AppLink for the Fusion allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The S60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 S60 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 S60 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Fusion will retain 45.8% to 49.76% of its original price after five years, while the S60 only retains 42.24%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the S60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the S60, including $16 less for a water pump, $114 less for an alternator, $105 less for front brake pads, $185 less for a starter, $280 less for fuel injection, $130 less for front struts and $254 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $4615 to $14708 less than for the Volvo S60.

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