2020 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2020 Ford Fusion

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Malibu are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Fusion doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Malibu’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the front seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The Fusion doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Malibu and the Fusion have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Malibu is safer than the Ford Fusion:

Malibu

Fusion

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

173

234

Neck Injury Risk

23%

32%

Leg Forces (l/r)

186/153 lbs.

232/354 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

376

400

Neck Injury Risk

38%

65%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

230 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Malibu is safer than the Ford Fusion:

Malibu

Fusion

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

239 G’s

269 G’s

Hip Force

212 lbs.

338 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

HIC

235

258

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

488 lbs.

721 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Malibu’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Fusion’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Malibu has more powerful engines than the Fusion:

Horsepower

Torque

Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Malibu Premier 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Fusion S 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion SE/SEL 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Fusion SE/SEL 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

Malibu

Fusion

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.3 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Malibu gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion:

MPG

Malibu

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/36 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Fusion

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

2.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Malibu Premier, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Fusion.

The Malibu has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Fusion doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Malibu RS/Premier’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fusion (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R17).

The Malibu L/LS/LT has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Fusion; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Malibu may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Ford Fusion.

Passenger Space

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The Malibu has .7 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fusion.

The front step up height for the Malibu is 2.3 inches lower than the Fusion (13.5” vs. 15.8”). The Malibu’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the Fusion’s (14.1” vs. 15.25”).

Towing

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The Malibu Premier can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Malibu can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Fusion can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Malibu’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Fusion does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Malibu’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Fusion’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Consumer Reports rated the Malibu’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Fusion’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

When the Malibu Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Fusion’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Malibu and the Fusion offer available heated front seats. The Malibu Premier also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Malibu Premier has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Malibu Premier’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Fusion doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Malibu owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Malibu will cost $200 less than the Fusion over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Malibu is less expensive to operate than the Fusion because typical repairs cost much less on the Malibu than the Fusion, including $9 less for front brake pads, $108 less for a timing belt/chain and $441 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Malibu will be $1331 to $4665 less than for the Ford Fusion.

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