Compare 2012 Ford Fusion vs 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Ford Fusion
2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD S 22 29 $19,381 $20,705
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 23 33 $21,217 $22,975
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 23 33 $23,423 $25,425
4-Door Sedan FWD SPORT 18 27 $25,043 $27,225
4-Door Sedan FWD Hybrid 41 36 $26,437 $28,775
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $26,613 $28,970
4-Door Sedan AWD SPORT 17 25 $26,797 $29,175
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $21,115 $22,110
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,381
$21,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,705
$22,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$369 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks. It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 97.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.5 15.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 16.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
T7E NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
T7E NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3285 3432
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99A LE5
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 169 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.87
Trans Order Code
446 MH8
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.38 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 2.88
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short-Long Arm MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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