Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Near Prescott, AZ

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fusion are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Malibu doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Malibu doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Malibu doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Malibu doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the Malibu have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and 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 Ford Fusion is safer than the Chevrolet Malibu:

Fusion

Malibu

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

173

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

937 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

29 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, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Chevrolet Malibu:

Fusion

Malibu

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Malibu’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Malibu:

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

163 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Malibu 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion 2.0 EcoBoost is faster than the Chevrolet Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

Fusion

Malibu

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Malibu 1.5 Turbo’s standard fuel tank (16.5 vs. 13 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Malibu 2.0 Turbo’s optional fuel tank (18 vs. 15.8 gallons).

 

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Malibu doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Malibu:

Fusion

Malibu

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Malibu (215/60R16 vs. 205/60R16).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Malibu’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Fusion has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Malibu doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Malibu doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Malibu LT pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Fusion Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Malibu doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear hip room than the Malibu.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 25 inches, while the Malibu’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Malibu’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The Malibu doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Malibu’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Malibu LT/Premier’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Fusion the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Malibu can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Malibu doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fusion’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Malibu’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Fusion’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Fusion has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Malibu has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the LS/LT/Premier.

The Fusion offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Malibu offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fusion, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Chevrolet only offers wireless connectivity on the Malibu LS/LT/Premier.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Fusion

Malibu

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

3

n/a

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The Malibu has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Malibu has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The Malibu has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The Malibu has never been chosen.

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