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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Nissan Altima

  2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco 2013 Ford Fusion 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5SL
MSRP
$21,995
$21,900
$21,760
Invoice $21,225 $20,422 $20,356
MPG
City/Highway
21/37 22/41 22/38
Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
9.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
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Bottom Line Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all. Read Full Review The 2013 Ford Fusion's more than a rock-star body: it handles better than any other family sedan we've driven, and doesn't cheat on interior room to deliver it. Read Full Review Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • More nimble than ever
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Smooth six-speed automatic
  • Stylish cockpit
  • MyLink's simple connectivity

Dislikes:

  • Back-seat space and comfort
  • Eco mileage lags hybrids--and regular sedans
  • Exterior styling isn't cohesive
  • Ride impacts over rough roads
  • Premium price in a cheapskate class

Likes:

  • Handsome, even stunning looks
  • Excellent interior space
  • Taut, inspired handling
  • Excellent EcoBoost fours--and a manual
  • Advances on the hybrid, plug-in hybrid front

Dislikes:

  • Gloss plastic trim in cabin
  • Average back-seat head room
  • Best fuel economy comes at a premium
  • No rearview camera on base car
  • Manual only on SE--for now?

Likes:

  • Styling's evolved in an Infiniti direction
  • Infotainment systems are better
  • More safety technology than ever
  • Gas mileage hits a 38-mpg high
  • Very quiet, controlled ride

Dislikes:

  • Cockpit is styled conservatively
  • Only CVT transmissions
  • Two-door's a carryover model
  • Softer, plusher handling than before
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