Compare 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Ford Fusion
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $21,115 $22,110
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD 41 36 $26,437 $28,775
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 29 $19,381 $20,705
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 23 33 $21,217 $22,975
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 25 $26,613 $28,970
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 23 33 $23,423 $25,425
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT AWD 17 25 $26,797 $29,175
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT FWD 18 27 $25,043 $27,225
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,115
$26,437
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,110
$28,775
Monthly Payment Estimate
$369 / month
$480 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 41 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 36.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 99.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 11.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - - 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)
10.9 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 17.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 37.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T7C
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/50VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA T7C
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)
3432 3720
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 - TBD -
Engine Order Code
LE5 993
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 191 combined
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 39
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 41
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 2.57
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 NA
Trans Order Code
MH8 44H
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short-Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.6
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 4.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 9
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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