Compare 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2014 Ford Fusion vs 2014 Nissan Altima

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
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2014 Ford Fusion
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2014 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan ECO w/2SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan ECO w/2SA 25 36 $24,777 $25,945
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 25 36 $21,558 $22,340
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 36 $22,547 $23,610
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 25 36 $24,175 $25,315
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 21 30 $25,641 $26,850
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 25 36 $26,261 $27,790
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 21 30 $28,302 $29,950
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4-Door Sedan S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 34 $20,488 $21,970
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S Hybrid FWD 44 41 $24,497 $26,270
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 22 34 $22,079 $23,935
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE Hybrid FWD 44 41 $25,166 $27,280
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium AWD 22 31 $30,074 $32,600
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium FWD 22 33 $28,229 $30,600
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium Hybrid FWD 44 41 $30,074 $32,600
Fusion Energi 4-Door Sedan SE Luxury 40 36 $32,011 $34,700
Fusion Energi 4-Door Sedan Titanium 40 36 $33,671 $36,500
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,971 $22,170
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,987 $22,690
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,813 $27,920
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,509 $24,340
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $24,337 $26,320
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $28,488 $30,820
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $26,366 $28,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,777
$20,488
$20,971
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,945
$21,970
$22,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$432 / month
$366 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
9.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space. The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers. Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 22 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.80 38.3 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.00 39.2 40
Second Hip Room (in)
54.30 54.4 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.50 57.8 56.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 102.8 101.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.50 37.8 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.10 56.9 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.10 44.3 45
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.00 55 54
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.00 72.9 72
Track Width, Front (in)
62.20 62.7 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
191.50 191.7 191.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.60 58.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.00 62.4 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.80 112.2 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA - 26.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 16 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.8 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x - TBD - 11.9 11.5
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 16.5 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.6 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.68 - -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3602 3431 3108
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 16 X 6.5 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 16 X 6.5 16 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.1 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 500 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - 110
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4900 175 @ 4500 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LUK 997 NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6200 175 @ 6000 182 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 22 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.75 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.58 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.91 -
Trans Type
6 6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.94 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.96 -
Trans Order Code
MHH 44W NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.07 4.83
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.45 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 7.0 (Est) 5.8
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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