Compare 2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2015 Ford Fusion vs 2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Chevrolet Malibu
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2015 Ford Fusion
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2015 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 25 36 $21,678 $22,465
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 36 $22,666 $23,735
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 25 36 $24,443 $25,595
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 21 30 $25,909 $27,130
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 25 36 $26,762 $28,320
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 21 30 $28,803 $30,480
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4-Door Sedan S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 34 $20,981 $22,500
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S Hybrid FWD 44 41 $24,781 $26,575
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE AWD 22 31 $25,673 $27,830
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 22 34 $22,171 $24,035
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE Hybrid FWD 44 41 $25,258 $27,380
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium AWD 22 31 $30,240 $32,780
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium FWD 22 33 $28,395 $30,780
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium Hybrid FWD 44 41 $29,824 $32,330
Fusion Energi 4-Door Sedan SE Luxury 40 36 $32,103 $34,800
Fusion Energi 4-Door Sedan Titanium 40 36 $33,791 $36,630
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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 $21,256 $22,300
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $21,031 $22,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $26,232 $28,150
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $23,041 $24,720
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 32 $24,650 $26,450
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,766 $31,950
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 32 $27,793 $29,830
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,678
$20,981
$21,256
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,465
$22,500
$22,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$374 / month
$375 / month
$372 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
9.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu ranks below our family-sedan favorites, mostly because of its back-seat space. The 2015 Ford Fusion continues to offer an excellent blend of top-notch safety, solid fuel economy, and stunning good looks–all without compromising on interior space and comfort. If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.
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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 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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 16 15.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 16.5 18
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.68 - -
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPE NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3393 3431 3108
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5 16 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 500 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
196 @ 6300 175 @ 6000 182 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
191 @ 4400 175 @ 4500 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKW 997 NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 22 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34 38
Transmission
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
MNH 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
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 -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 6.8 5.7 (Est)
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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