Compare 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Ford Fusion vs 2018 Subaru Legacy

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
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2018 Ford Fusion
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2018 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 $26,803 $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
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 2.5i 25 34 $20,979 $22,195
Legacy 2.5i Limited 25 34 $27,317 $29,095
Legacy 2.5i Premium 25 34 $22,946 $24,295
Legacy 2.5i Sport 25 34 $24,835 $26,345
Legacy 3.6R Limited 20 28 $29,897 $31,945
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,803
$36,846
$20,979
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,920
$38,990
$22,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$650 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
7.3
7.2
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. The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 20 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 29 mpg 34 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 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
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)
100.0 102.8 104.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.4 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 62.7 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.7 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 58.1 59
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 16 15
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 17.5 18.5
Steering
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)
37.0 37.6 36.8
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/40VR19 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/40VR19 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3366 3681 3514
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 X 8 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 590 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - 110
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 270 @ 3000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN 999 NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 231 @ 5500 175 @ 5800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 23 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 29 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 20 25
Transmission
Trans Order Code
MKE 44W-A NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.36 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.45 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.58 3.58 - 0.62
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.91 -
Trans Type
NA 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA 2.94 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.96 -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Subaru Legacy
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 Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 7.7 6.0
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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