Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2017 Ford Fusion In IA

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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2017 Ford Fusion

Safety Comparison

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, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras 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

Neck Injury Risk

23%

28%

Leg Forces (l/r)

186/153 lbs.

167/333 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

38%

52%

Neck Stress

173 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Malibu is safer than the Ford Fusion:

 

Malibu

Fusion

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

HIC

235

268

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

46 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

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, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

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

 

Malibu

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Malibu

Fusion

 

 

n/a

21 city/32 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/36 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/33 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Malibu stops much shorter than the Fusion:

 

Malibu

Fusion

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Malibu Premier handles at .87 G’s, while the Fusion Sport AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Malibu Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Fusion SE (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Malibu may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Ford Fusion.

Passenger Space Comparison

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”).

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Malibu owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Malibu with a number “3” insurance rate while the Fusion is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

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 $507 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Chevrolet Malibu, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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