Compare 2018 Ford Fusion vs 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Ford Fusion
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
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FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD S 21 32 $21,215 $22,215
FWD SE 21 32 $22,198 $23,490
AWD SE 20 29 $25,785 $27,285
FWD Titanium 21 31 $28,813 $30,490
AWD Titanium 20 29 $30,703 $32,490
AWD Sport 17 26 $31,983 $33,845
FWD Platinum 21 31 $34,956 $36,990
AWD Platinum 20 29 $36,846 $38,990
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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 $22,387 $23,320
4-Door Sedan LT 27 36 $24,211 $25,220
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 49 43 $26,803 $27,920
4-Door Sedan Premier 22 32 $29,779 $31,020
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,215
$21,571
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,215
$21,680
Monthly Payment Estimate
$370 / month
$361 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
7.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Fusion is a feast for the senses, a rarity among family sedans. A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
44.3 42.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.8 100.0
Front Hip Room (in)
55 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 39.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.4 53.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 58.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.5
Wheelbase (in)
112.2 111.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.9 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
62.7 62.6
Length, Overall (in)
191.7 193.8
Liftover Height (in)
- NA
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16 15.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 15.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.6 37.0
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA ZAM
Rear Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA R83
Front Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/80R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA R83
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3431 3108
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16"
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
500 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
175 @ 4500 184 @ 2500-3000
Engine Order Code
997 LFV
Displacement
2.5 L/152 1.5L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 160 @ 5700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 36
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 2.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.96
Trans Order Code
44W-A MNH
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 .075
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.58
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.23
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.91
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 5.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - TBD -
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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2018 Ford Fusion
  • 2019 Fusion arriving; 2018s still in good supply
  • Up to $4,500 factory cash on 2018s; $1,500 on 2019s
  • Lease a 2018 from $209 for 36 months
  • Get 0% APR for up to 72 months + bonus cash
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2019 Malibu arriving; 2018s still in good supply
  • Employee Discount + $2,500 factory rebate on 2018s
  • Lease a 2018 from $199 for 36 months
  • $750 bonus with GM financing on 2018s
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