Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Ford Fusion In IA

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu

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2014 Ford Fusion

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Malibu are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Fusion has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Malibu and Fusion have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Malibu has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Fusion’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Chevrolet Malibu has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Fusion doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

196/304 lbs.

167/333 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

42%

52%

Neck Stress

135 lbs.

197 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

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

16 inches

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

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Malibu 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Fusion ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Malibu for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 27th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 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 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Malibu has more powerful engines than the Fusion:

Horsepower

Torque

Malibu Eco 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

182 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Malibu 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

197 HP

191 lbs.-ft.

Malibu 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

259 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

182 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Malibu is faster than the Ford Fusion ECOBoost (automatics tested):

Malibu Eco

Malibu 4 cyl.

Fusion 1.5

Fusion 1.6

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.1 sec

9.2 sec

8.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.5 sec

5.7 sec

6.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

16.4 sec

17 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.1 MPH

88.4 MPH

84.5 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Malibu Eco gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost (25 city/36 hwy vs. 23 city/36 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Malibu 2.5 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion 2.5 4 cyl. (25 city/36 hwy vs. 22 city/34 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Malibu stops much shorter than the Fusion:

Malibu

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Malibu Eco is quieter than the Fusion SE (64 vs. 67 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Malibu has a larger trunk than the Fusion (16.3 vs. 16 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Malibu owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Malibu will cost $445 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 less on the Malibu than the Fusion, including $65 less for front struts and $9 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Malibu has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Malibu

Fusion

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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