2016 Chevy Malibu vs. 2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Chevy Malibu VS 2016 Ford Fusion

If you saw the 2016 Chevy Malibu sitting next to the 2016 Ford Fusion, you might have to do a double take. The two almost seem like twins at first glance, but a second look will show you how different the two are. Once you start exploring the interior features and what's under the hood, you'll understand even more how different these two mid-size sedans are.

The best way to evaluate these two models is to visit your local dealership and take a test drive. However, since neither will be released for several more months, we've rounded up the pertinent details to help you make a more informed decision when you see them in person. Here's what we know so far about how the 2016 Chevy Malibu compares to the 2016 Ford Fusion:

Exterior Design

As noted, the 2016 Chevy Malibu and the 2016 Ford Fusion share much in common with the exterior design. However, upon closer inspection, you will see that the 2016 Malibu has a sleeker, more aerodynamic design, while the Fusion is a bit more beefy in its aesthetic.

At the front end, the new Malibu has a split grille with only a slim bar at the top and a larger, geometric design occupying most of the lower half of the fascia. The head lights jut out and up, like the squinted eyes of a lion on the hunt.

The side paneling reflects the same aesthetic. Multiple sculpted lines run along the sides like the rippled muscles of a jungle cat. The sloped roof line ends at a raised rear, creating the look of a car in motion.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Fusion has a more muscular front end with raised lines along the hood adding to the affect. The Fusion also has a split grille, but the design is the inverse of the Malibu. A larger mesh grille sits front and center, while a narrow secondary bar runs along the bottom of the fascia.

The body features thicker side panels without embellishment, leading to a more rounded-off rear end. If the Malibu is a fierce jungle cat, the Fusion is more like a stocky gorilla.

Interior Design

The inside of the 2016 Chevy Malibu feels like an upscale sedan. The dashboard features a unique design with sweeping lines and top stitching for lots of visual interest. The infotainment touch screen looks like a high-end tablet, and the controls are all large and colorful, making them easy to navigate safely while driving.

A longer wheelbase translates to more interior room, so all passengers will feel more comfortable. The seats feature soft-touch materials, plush cushioning, and numerous adjustments to get just the right personal fit.

The new Ford Fusion has a more paired down interior. The center stack is confined to a small space in the middle of the dash, and it doesn't have many visual details, other than a chrome border. The smaller infotainment screen appears to be set back when compared to that of the Malibu, making it harder to see and navigate.

The interior features soft-touch materials and buck seats throughout the cabin, providing comfortable seating for all. The basic interior is all black, which may be a turnoff for some buyers. However, families may like the black since it can hide many stains.

Power and Performance

Drivers have several engine options between the 2016 Chevy Malibu and the 2016 Ford Fusion. The new Malibu comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 160 horse power and 184 pounds per feet of torque. The base model comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and it gets an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Two optional engines are available. Those who want a little more power can choose the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 259 horse power and 260 pounds per feet of torque. That engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

For the environmentally minded, a hybrid is available that has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The hybrid power train gets an estimated 45 mpg combined fuel efficiency.

The new Ford Fusion also comes with three engine options. The base model comes with either a fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine or a more powerful 2.5-liter i-VCT engine. A hybrid model is also available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 188 horse power and gets an estimated 44 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

Overall, the new Malibu offerings are more powerful and more fuel-efficient.

Convenience and Safety Features

The new Chevy Malibu is loaded with features, but one of the most notable is the Teen Driver system, which allows parents to monitor and control the driving behaviors of their teens. The system allows parents to get information about speeds driven, routes taken, and more. Parents can also set the system to automatically turn off the radio if a certain speed is reached, to issue warnings if the speed is reached, and more.

Other convenience features include a wireless charging pad, USB ports for rear passengers, a WiFI hot spot, and a larger touch screen on higher trim levels.

The Malibu comes standard with a rearview camera, but optional safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, front pedestrian warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Fusion comes with features like the MyFord infotainment system, USB ports and auxiliary cables for charging and streaming, steering wheel-mounted controls, push button start and more.

The Fusion also comes standard with a rear view camera, a post-collision safety system, parking assist, adaptive cruise control and tire pressure monitoring.


Pricing has not yet been announced for either the 2016 Chevy Malibu or the 2016 Ford Fusion. However, the current Malibu starts at $23,290, and the current Fusion starts at $22,795.

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