Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid  vs Ford Fusion Hybrid 

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

  • $25k
  • 1.4L Hybrid
  • 42 city 48 hwy
Responsive steering and taut suspension tuning that's still compliant enough for daily commuting make the Jetta Hybrid feel nimble in the city and comfortable on the highway.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
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Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

  • $39k
  • 8 kWh Hybrid
  • 44 city 41 hwy
Instead of running the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four that the old Fusion paired with a 106-hp electric motor, the new Fusion gets a more efficient 2.0-liter, 141-hp Atkinson-cycle four and a 118-hp electric motor.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Jetta Hybrid vs Energi SE

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 

RideNerd recommends the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid  based on its affordability, fuel economy and air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Jetta Hybrid vs Fusion Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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Far better EPA smog score 9 vs 7 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Much less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 2,449 kWh/vehicle 25% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Lower MSRP $25k vs $39k More than 35% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,222 vs $9,018 More than 30% less expensive per year
Slightly higher EPA highway mileage 48 MPG vs 41 MPG More than 15% better on the interstate
Car-autoblog-first view of Ford Fusion Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

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Better city driving range 616 miles vs 495 miles Around 25% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$24,995 8.3¢/mile Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Ford Fusion Hybrid $38,700 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price $4,999 ($24,995) $7,740 ($38,700)
Fuel $1,247 (1,685 gallons) $1,303 (1,761 gallons)
City 42 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 48 MPG 41 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Jetta Hybrid  vs Fusion Hybrid 

8.9
8.6
In SEL trim, the Jetta Hybrid's cabin has enough niceties — both in terms of features and materials — to warrant our car's $30,000-plus as-tested price.
Jetta Hybrid

7.2
7.9
The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Jetta Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
Brand Volkswagen Ford
Body style
Sedan
Model year 2013 2013
City range 495 miles 616 miles
Highway range 566 miles 574 miles
MSRP $25k $39k
Annual cost $6,222 $9,018

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³ 4.3 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle 2,449 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg 9 kg

power & handling

Max torque 184 ft-lb @ 1,400 RPM 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.07 lb/hp 27.75 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet 37.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $995
Navigation system N/A Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

emissions

Jetta Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
EPA smog score 9 7
EPA GHG score 10 10
Combined CO2/mile 200 g 211 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 30 tons 32 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Hybrid
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 195 225
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 50

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Airbags
Driver
Knee
Side
Passenger
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None MyFord

physical dimensions

Width 70 in 72.9 in
Front track width 60.7 in 62.3 in
Height 57.2 in 58 in
Length 182.8 in 191.8 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in 112.2 in
Curb weight 3,311 lb 3,913 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 50 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 48 ft³
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