If you're looking for a snug, midsize sedan for your travels around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland, VA, look no further than our Ford Fusion vs. Chevy Malibu comparison.

These models have been competing head to head for many years, each one trying to outdo the other by offering better performance or redesigning the infotainment setup. So, where do things stand at the present? If you keep reading, you'll find out.

Even after finishing the comparison, you can delve deeper into the Ford Fusion vs. Chevy Malibu debate by contacting your friends at Richmond Ford Lincoln!

Which Sedan Gives You More Customizable Options?

One of the draws of quality midsize sedans is that they come with a wide range of customizable possibilities. These traits extend from infotainment systems and styling choices to performance boosts and safety equipment. Ultimately, you can do more to customize the Ford Fusion than the Chevy Malibu.

The Malibu is limited to just five trim levels: L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier. Meanwhile, the Fusion has a sprawling 8-trim lineup to help ensure that each family or daily commuter gets the exact model they're looking for.

If you're considering the Ford Fusion, you can select from any of these available trims:

  • S
  • SE
  • SEL
  • Titanium
  • Hybrid SE
  • Hybrid SEL
  • Hybrid Titanium
  • Plug-In Hybrid Titanium

Performance Highlights & Hybrid Options

The Ford Fusion sees a sizeable edge in the number of performance options it makes available compared to the Chevy Malibu.

Both motors for the Malibu are sturdy-the first being a 1.5L 4-cylinder making 184 lb-ft of torque and the second being a 2.0L 4-cylinder making 260 lb-ft of torque.

Comparatively, the Ford Fusion offers five engines; the most available output comes from a 2.0L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder, which makes 275 lb-ft of torque.

The other motors are:

  • 2.5L i-VCT
  • 1.5L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder
  • 2.0L Hybrid 4-cylinder
  • 2.0L Plug-In Hybrid 4-cylinder

The inclusion of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid gives the Fusion a real edge for those seeking high fuel efficiency. When properly equipped, the Ford can achieve an EPA-estimated 43 city/41 highway MPG, as well as 109 city/97 highway MPGe.

The highest fuel economy for the Malibu is just 29 city/36 highway MPG.

Infotainment for Everyday Use

Perhaps your concerns aren't performance-related, and you instead want your sedan to serve as a fun, technologically friendly companion for daily commuting. If so, the Ford Fusion has the more admirable setup of the two cars.

For Ford, you can opt for the Audio System from Sony® that comes complete with 12 speakers, HD Radio™ technology, 390 watts of power, and a subwoofer.

The highest available sound setup for the Chevrolet Malibu? A Bose® sound system with just nine speakers.

Creating Space for Passengers and Their Stuff

Just because you're choosing a sedan doesn't mean you want to sacrifice a spacious, accommodating interior. While the dimensions are close, there are a handful of noticeable areas where the Ford Fusion affords more room than the Chevy Malibu.

We can start by looking at the legroom. Here's how the measurements stack up for both the Fusion and Malibu:

  • 44.3 inches of front legroom in the Fusion
  • 38.3 inches of rear legroom in the Fusion
  • 41.5 inches of front legroom in the Malibu
  • 38.1 inches of rear legroom in the Malibu

A tall roof is a must for tall passengers. With the Ford Fusion, your front-row headroom is 39.2 inches, while the headroom for those positioned in the rear measures at 37.8 inches. Comparatively, the Malibu provides a tighter fit in each row. The front headroom is at 39.1 inches and the second-row headroom is at 37.5 inches.

There's also the matter of cargo space. Whether you're running errands around town, loading up the car for a long weekend getaway, or trying to store a set of golf clubs for a midweek round, it's appreciated to have a large trunk.

The Chevy Malibu provides 15.7 cubic feet of space in the trunk. That's a strong figure, but it doesn't match the 16 cubic feet of cargo space found in the cavernous trunk of the Fusion!

Standard Safety Package

Safety is a trait that should come at the base trim for your next model. Driver-assistance features are currently the go-to for automotive safety. The Ford Fusion has a host of these features standard, while the Malibu requires you to move up to higher trims or add on separate packages.

The name of the standard setup in the Fusion is Ford Co-Pilot360™ and it comes with traits such as:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking

Most of the systems are intuitive and will respond automatically if needed. The Lane-Keeping System, for example, will provide an audible and visual alert if you unknowingly begin to drift out of your lane.

Another warning will pop up if a front-facing collision seems likely. This warning is courtesy of the Pre-Collision Assist system with Automatic Emergency Braking. If you don't heed the alarm, the Fusion will automatically apply the brakes to help mitigate damage.

Then there's that BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert setup, which gives you a heads-up if you're trying to switch lanes on the highway and another model is driving in your blind spot. The Cross-Traffic Alert aspect will provide a warning if another vehicle is moving into your path as you reverse.

These systems aren't unique to the Fusion, as the Malibu can be had with them all, too. You just have to be willing to step up to higher trims and add on additional packages if you want all of these technologies in your Chevy.

Clear Call: Ford Fusion Outdoes the Chevrolet Malibu in 2020

The Ford Fusion has much more going for it when pitted against the Chevy Malibu.

If you want to take your preferred Ford Fusion trim for a spin through Ashland, Mechanicsville, or Richmond, Virginia, you can do so by reaching out to Richmond Ford Lincoln today!

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