Poll: Chevrolet Malibu or Ford Fusion?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

There are plenty of great midsize sedans to choose from today, but what if you want to spend your money in Detroit? Well, there are really just two options.

Yes, if an affordable American automobile with four doors is something you crave then the best options out there are from Chevy and Ford. The Malibu and Fusion are solid offerings that give “import” brands a run for their money.

Starting with the bow-tie offering, the Malibu has lost a ton of weight with its latest redesign. OK, not literally 2,000 pounds, but the 300 it shed is a HUGE accomplishment. It rides on an all-new architecture that should be stiffer, safer and more efficient than ever.

The top engine offering in this car is a 2.0-liter Ecotec turbo that puts out a strong 250 horses with 258 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which peaks at a basement-level 1,700 RPM. This propulsion unit is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, though Malibus with lesser engines make do with a six-ratio self-shifting gearbox.

As for efficiency, this Chevy stickers at 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 33 on highway drives. These figures result in a combined score of 26 MPG, which is respectable for a car with 250 horses under its hood.

Moving on, Ford’s Fusion is as stylish as ever since the current model bowed for the 2013 model year. Arguably, it’s still the most handsome sedan in the midsize class.

The most muscular engine offered in this blue-oval family car is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-banger. Closely mirroring the Chevy’s output numbers, it’s good for 240 horses and 270 lb-ft of peak twist. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available in the Fusion, but trumping the Malibu it can be ordered with all-wheel drive.

When it comes to fuel economy, a front-drive version of this Ford matches the Malibu perfectly in every drive cycle. Coincidence? We think so!

And that’s a quick look at the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion. Which of these cars do YOU prefer? Compare them here and please, vote in our latest poll!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Rocket Rocket on Jun 23, 2016

    I have a strict rule against feeding trolls, but how about the mods get this idiot Tan under control before he drives another regular away?

  • StrangeWorld98 StrangeWorld98 on Jun 24, 2016

    First year GM after a full model change - yeah, good luck with that. Kind of interesting that this site considers the Fusion an American car, given it's made in Mexico. And NOT consider the Camry and Accord American cars, given they're made in the US, mostly with a higher percentage of NA sourced components. Pretty much ditto for the Malibu - the percentage of NA sourced components is actually LOWER than the "imports".

    • Soakee Soakee on Jul 20, 2016

      Uh, not ALL Fusions are made in Mexico - a good number are assembled in Michigan.