Ford Fusion vs. Chevy Malibu

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we like to go out of our way for our friends and neighbors in the Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland areas when they're torn between vehicles. We've encountered a lot of drivers at our dealership who are stuck between deciding on the 2018 Ford Fusion vs. the 2018 Chevy Malibu. This is quite the competition. However, don't worry-we'll gladly help you learn a little more so you can decide for yourself.

In this Ford Fusion vs. Chevy Malibu car comparison, we'll be taking a look at each sedan's features and components to see how they truly differ. In this article, we'll be covering power and performance, space and comfort, and features and technology. Noticing these differences will help you when it's time to decide on which one you'd prefer to be your set of wheels.

Ford Fusion vs Chevy Malibu: Specs

The 2018 Fusion and the 2018 Chevy Malibu introduce their respective base trims with very different engines. The Ford Fusion starts out with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that's capable of achieving 175 horsepower. The Chevy Malibu features a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine that maxes out at 160 horsepower. Each sedan offers an assortment of engines that span in both power and efficiency.

  • The Ford Fusion offers the option of a 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 engine that delivers 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
  • The Chevy Malibu offers its most power output with the 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine, which delivers 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
  • Each sedan features a hybrid engine option.

Space & Comfort

 Each sedan offers a spacious cabin that's suitable for five passengers respectively. Both sedans offer cloth seating, but with the option of leather-trimmed seats after a few upgrades. When it comes to passenger and cargo space, these vehicles showcase their differences.

  • The Ford Fusion offers more front legroom with 44.3 inches vs. the 42 inches featured in the Chevy Malibu.
  • The Ford Fusion offers 16 cubic feet of trunk space.
  • The Chevy Malibu falls a little short with trunk space by offering 15.8 cubic feet.

Click here to learn more about the Ford Fusion's interior in this review.

2018 Ford Fusion vs Chevrolet Malibu: Features & Technology

Entertainment and technology features are crucial at adding a little fun and convenience to your trips. Each vehicle has their own set of features, however, there's a clear advantage between these two sedans that you should be aware of.

  • The Ford Fusion comes with the SYNC® system, which provides access to your media through voice recognition. The Chevy Malibu requires a substantial upgrade to feature a voice-activated infotainment system.
  • Each vehicle comes with a radio and USB/auxiliary inputs, but the Ford Fusion adds an MP3-capable CD player to the mix.
  • Both sedans offer trial subscriptions to SiriusXM® after a few upgrades, but the Ford Fusion trial is three months longer than the trial in the Chevy Malibu.

2018 Ford Fusion vs 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

By now, you're fairly familiar with the similarities and differences between the 2018 Ford Fusion vs. the 2018 Chevy Malibu, and you're probably ready to figure out which sedan seems like a better fit for you. However, if you're still debating your choice, you can always come see us at Richmond Ford Lincoln for more information. There's no better way to make up your mind about a car than by jumping right into the driver's seat and taking it out for a spin.

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're thrilled to provide our friends and neighbors in the Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland areas with the necessary information and experience to help them decide on their next car.  Contact our team today, so you can officially decide if the 2018 Ford Fusion is the sedan for you!

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