Compare 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Ford Fusion vs 2017 Subaru Legacy

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
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2017 Ford Fusion
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2017 Subaru Legacy
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid w/1HY
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Hybrid w/1HY 49 43 $26,760 $27,875
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 36 $22,296 $23,225
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 36 $24,120 $25,125
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 33 $29,736 $30,975
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Hybrid Platinum FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion Hybrid Platinum FWD 43 41 $35,088 $37,130
Fusion Hybrid S FWD 43 41 $24,625 $25,785
Fusion Hybrid Titanium FWD 43 41 $29,409 $31,120
Fusion Platinum AWD 20 29 $36,620 $38,750
Fusion Platinum FWD 21 31 $34,730 $36,750
Fusion S FWD 21 32 $21,592 $22,610
Fusion SE AWD 20 29 $26,020 $27,535
Fusion SE FWD 21 32 $22,434 $23,740
Fusion Sport AWD 17 26 $31,757 $33,605
Fusion Titanium AWD 20 29 $30,939 $32,740
Fusion Titanium FWD 21 31 $29,049 $30,740
Fusion Energi Platinum FWD N/A N/A $38,859 $41,120
Fusion Energi SE FWD N/A N/A $31,299 $33,120
Fusion Energi Titanium FWD N/A N/A $32,244 $34,120
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 2.5i 25 34 $20,796 $21,995
Legacy 2.5i Limited 25 34 $27,083 $28,840
Legacy 2.5i Premium 25 34 $22,670 $23,995
Legacy 2.5i Sport 25 34 $24,512 $25,995
Legacy 3.6R Limited 20 28 $29,617 $31,640
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,760
$35,088
$20,796
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,875
$37,130
$21,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$619 / month
$367 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.3
7.3
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 safety and all-weather performance of the 2017 Subaru Legacy are convincing enough. Consider the roomy sedan's value at any trim and decent gas mileage, and it's no wonder it was our Best Car to Buy for 2015.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 43 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 41 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.8 37
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.9 57.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 44.3 42.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 102.8 104.6
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 38.3 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.2 40
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 54.4 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 57.8 58.1
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.8 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 58 59
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 112.2 108.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 72.9 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.3 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA - 5.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 12 15
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.9 11.8
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 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 14 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 37.6 36.8
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 - -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/45VR18 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/45VR18 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3366 3615 3470
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 X 8 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 500 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - 110
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 188 @ 6000 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas/Electric I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 129 @ 4000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN 99U NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 43 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 42 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 41 34
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA - 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Order Code
MKE 44J NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 - 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - 3.58 - 0.62
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Type
NA 1 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Subaru Legacy
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Double Wishbone
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 - -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 4.2 6.0
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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