2018 Ford Fusion vs. 2018 Chevy Malibu
The midsize sedan class of the global automotive industry remains as tightly packed and highly competitive as ever. Each year manufacturers, like Ford, make its vehicles better and better to stay ahead of the competition in order to keep customers' attention. The class of 2018 Ford models coming to Heritage Ford is no different. This challenge is pretty clearly demonstrated in a direct comparison of the 2018 Ford Fusion vs. 2018 Chevy Malibu. Examining the two mid-size sedans side-by-side may lead the uninformed observer that there are few differences between either one. By and large, the 2018 Fusion holds the edge in performance figures and overall usability over the 2018 Malibu.
Car shoppers coming to Heritage Ford to test drive the new Fusion will get a platform that has been regularly praised by independent reviews for being great to drive and has a passenger cabin that belies its affordable price point. One of the most commonly lauded features of the 2018 Fusion is the excellent quality of the materials used to populate the passenger cabin. By comparison, the interior of the 2018 Malibu has been described as ok, but far from reaching what top-of-the-class models – like the Fusion – have. Furthermore, drivers and passengers will have a better outward view of their surroundings while riding in the 2018 Fusion versus the 2018 Malibu.
|2018 Ford Fusion||2018 Chevy Malibu|
|2.5-L, 4-Cyl.||Engine||Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl.|
|Six-speed automatic||Transmission||Six-speed automatic|
|16 cu.-ft.||Trunk Space||15.8 cu.-ft.|
2018 Fusion vs. 2018 Malibu: Performance Specs
Both the 2018 Ford Fusion and the 2018 Chevy Malibu offer a few engine options that require some consideration. The base trim for the 2018 Fusion uses a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 175 horsepower. Under the hood of the entry-level version of the 2018 Malibu is a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and makes 160 horsepower. Both mid-size sedans use their respective manufacturers' version of a six-speed automatic transmission. For additional performance, the 2018 Fusion has two more turbocharged engines available on several trim grades. The other power plant available for the Malibu is only available on its top-of-the-line version.