Compare 2019 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2019 Ford Fusion vs 2019 Subaru Legacy

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
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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 $27,147 $28,220
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 29 36 $22,023 $22,090
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 29 36 $22,337 $23,220
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 29 36 $25,608 $26,620
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 32 $30,610 $31,820
Malibu 4-Door Sedan RS w/1SP 29 36 $23,299 $24,220
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SE AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion SE AWD 20 29 $26,386 $27,775
Fusion SE FWD 23 34 $22,915 $24,120
Fusion SEL AWD 20 29 $30,302 $32,065
Fusion SEL FWD 23 34 $27,151 $28,580
Fusion Sport AWD 17 26 $38,014 $40,015
Fusion Titanium AWD 20 29 $34,523 $36,340
Fusion Titanium FWD 21 31 $32,623 $34,340
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 2.5i 25 34 $21,301 $22,545
Legacy 2.5i Limited 25 34 $27,455 $29,245
Legacy 2.5i Premium 25 34 $23,316 $24,695
Legacy 2.5i Sport 25 34 $25,250 $26,795
Legacy 3.6R Limited 20 28 $29,529 $31,545
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,147
$26,386
$21,301
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,220
$27,775
$22,545
Monthly Payment Estimate
$470 / month
$463 / month
$376 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
6.0
6.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu is a likeable sedan, but it requires some compromises when it comes to essential safety tech. The 2019 Ford Fusion’s good looks get shoppers in the door, but this sedan is starting to show its age. The 2019 Subaru Legacy is no thrill machine, but this under-the-radar mid-size sedan is hard to beat for its comfort, safety, and value.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 20 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 29 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)
41.5 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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
194.2 191.7 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 58.1 59
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 75.2 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.7 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 16 15
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - 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)
11.8 x - 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 18 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 37.6 36.8
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/50VR17 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P235/50VR17 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
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 3816 3514
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
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 Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 X 8 17 X 7
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
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
122 @ 5000 245 @ 5500 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 275 @ 3000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN 999 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 20 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 23 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 29 34
Transmission
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 -
Trans Order Code
MKE 44W NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 3.36 3.90
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
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)
NA 4.58 3.58 - 0.62
Clutch Size (in)
N/A - -
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
10 - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 7.7 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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2019 Chevrolet Malibu
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