Compare 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Ford Fusion vs 2017 Nissan Altima

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
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2017 Ford Fusion
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2017 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan L 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
4-Door Sedan LS 27 36 $22,296 $23,225
4-Door Sedan LT 27 36 $24,120 $25,125
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 49 43 $26,760 $27,875
4-Door Sedan Premier 22 33 $29,736 $30,975
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FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD S 21 32 $21,592 $22,610
FWD SE 21 32 $22,434 $23,740
FWD Hybrid S 43 41 $24,625 $25,785
AWD SE 20 29 $26,020 $27,535
FWD Titanium 21 31 $29,049 $30,740
FWD Hybrid Titanium 43 41 $29,409 $31,120
AWD Titanium 20 29 $30,939 $32,740
AWD Sport 17 26 $31,757 $33,605
FWD Platinum 21 31 $34,730 $36,750
FWD Hybrid Platinum 43 41 $35,088 $37,130
AWD Platinum 20 29 $36,620 $38,750
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Sedan 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2017.5 Sedan 2.5 27 39 N/A N/A
2017.5 Sedan 3.5 SR 22 32 N/A N/A
Sedan 2.5 27 39 $21,446 $22,500
2017.5 Sedan 2.5 S 27 39 $21,348 $22,900
Sedan 2.5 S 27 39 $21,348 $22,900
2017.5 Sedan 2.5 SR 26 37 $22,808 $24,470
Sedan 2.5 SR 26 37 $22,808 $24,470
Sedan 2.5 SV 27 39 $23,729 $25,460
2017.5 Sedan 2.5 SV 27 39 $24,008 $25,760
Sedan 3.5 SR 22 32 $26,082 $27,990
Sedan 2.5 SL 27 39 $26,621 $28,570
2017.5 Sedan 2.5 SL 27 39 $26,900 $28,870
Sedan 3.5 SL 22 32 $30,453 $32,690
2017.5 Sedan 3.5 SL 22 32 $30,732 $32,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,571
$21,592
$21,446
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,680
$22,610
$22,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$361 / month
$377 / month
$375 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.3
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid mid-sizer in the segment, punctuated by good, efficient powertrains, and a quiet ride. The 2017 Ford Fusion blends enduring good looks, a wide variety of powertrains, impressive interior space and comfort along with all the latest electronic safety systems and a few design upgrades. The 2017 Nissan Altima remains a fine mainstream choice, but rivals with newer designs offer far more technology.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 21 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 32 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55 54
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 38.3 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.2 40
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 54.4 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 57.8 56.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.8 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.9 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 44.3 45
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 102.8 101.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.4 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 112.2 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 72.9 72
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.7 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.7 191.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 58.1 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 16 15.4
Brakes
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)
- 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)
- TBD - 11.9 11.5
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 16.5 18
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 37.6 36.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
R83 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R16 P215/60HR16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16 Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R83 NA NA
Trailering
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3108 3431 3197
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5 16 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16" Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 500 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - 110
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 2500-3000 175 @ 4500 177 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LFV 997 NA
Displacement
1.5L/91 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 5700 175 @ 6000 179 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 25 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 32 39
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 21 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 2.94 0.74
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.96 -
Trans Order Code
MNH 44W-A NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 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)
.075 0.75 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.58 2.63 - 0.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.91 -
Trans Type
6 6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 7.1 5.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
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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