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Compare 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Ford Fusion

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
2018 Ford Fusion
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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 $26,803 $27,920
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 36 $22,387 $23,320
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 36 $24,211 $25,220
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 32 $29,779 $31,020
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Platinum AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion Platinum AWD 20 29 $36,846 $38,990
Fusion Platinum FWD 21 31 $34,956 $36,990
Fusion S FWD 21 32 $21,215 $22,215
Fusion SE AWD 20 29 $25,785 $27,285
Fusion SE FWD 21 32 $22,198 $23,490
Fusion Sport AWD 17 26 $31,983 $33,845
Fusion Titanium AWD 20 29 $30,703 $32,490
Fusion Titanium FWD 21 31 $28,813 $30,490
Fusion Energi Platinum FWD N/A N/A $39,123 $41,400
Fusion Energi SE FWD N/A N/A $31,563 $33,400
Fusion Energi Titanium FWD N/A N/A $32,508 $34,400
Fusion Hybrid Platinum FWD 43 41 $35,315 $37,370
Fusion Hybrid S FWD 43 41 $24,248 $25,390
Fusion Hybrid SE FWD 43 41 $24,891 $26,340
Fusion Hybrid Titanium FWD 43 41 $29,172 $30,870
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,803
$36,846
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,920
$38,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$650 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
7.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms. The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 54.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 57.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 44.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 102.8
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA -
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 112.2
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 72.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 16
Brakes
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)
- TBD - 11.9
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 17.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 37.6
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/40VR19
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/40VR19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3366 3681
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 X 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - -
Engine
Engine Order Code
LKN 999
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 231 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 270 @ 3000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.91
Trans Type
NA 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA 2.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.96
Trans Order Code
MKE 44W-A
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.58
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 7.7
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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