Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Ford Fusion

Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Ford Fusion

While the mid-size sedan market is one of the most competitive auto segments, drivers who do their homework will always come out ahead because they have so many options. It helps to know what you want and to look at the details, which often differentiate cars in competitive markets.

Luckily, we’ve done some of the legwork for Richmond drivers caught in the decision between the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2017 Ford Fusion. Both offer modern styling, high-tech features, and a hybrid option, but one has a slight edge on safety and value. Read on for our full comparison:

Safety

Chevy Malibu

The 2017 Malibu earned near perfect scores from major safety organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick after it received best possible scores in all crash tests, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating. The Malibu earned five stars in all NHSTA tests, except for rollover, where it won four stars.

The Malibu has available adaptive cruise control, front pedestrian braking, forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera, front and rear park assist, semi-automatic parking assist, and IntelliBeam headlamps.

Ford Fusion

The 2017 Fusion was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA. The Ford sedan won five stars in the NHSTA’s side crash test, and four in frontal crash and rollover.

The Fusion has available adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert, parking assist, forward and side sensing system, and lane-keep system. It has standard halogen headlights and available LED, but no option for IntelliBeam headlamps or semi-automatic parking assist.

Features

Chevy Malibu

The 2017 Chevy sedan has standard OnStar Guidance Plan, daytime running lights, cruise control, theft-deterrent system, and capless fueling. For your entertainment and convenience, it also has standard Bluetooth wireless technology, a 6-speaker sound system, steering wheel-mounted controls, and climate control. One trim level up adds a rear vision camera, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch display, Teen Driver technology, Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and OnStar 4G LTE and built-in WiFi.

The Malibu is also available with Sirius XM Radio, ambient interior lighting, 8-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, navigation, 8-inch touchscreen display, Bose 9-speaker audio, dual-zone climate control, wireless charging, perforated leather seating, and a heated steering wheel.

Ford Fusion

The Fusion comes with similar features as the Malibu, but doesn’t quite match its standard set of tech and entertainment. Each model of this Ford sedan has Ford SYNC infotainment, climate control, cruise control, 2.3-inch display, manual tilting/telescoping steering wheel, and LED taillights.

Optional features include SYNC 3 infotainment, power adjustable front seats, leather trimmed seating, Sony audio system, Sirius XM Radio, leather-accented instrument panel, and heated steering wheel. The hybrid model comes with additional standard and optional features.

Pricing

Chevy Malibu

Starting at $21,680 MSRP

Ford Fusion

Starting at $22,610 MSRP

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