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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Review

New 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

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New 2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Ford
Fusion

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MSRP*
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$22,140 to $33,370
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$23,170 to $36,450
Invoice* $22,118 to $32,169 $22,243 to $34,628
MPG - City 22 - 29 20 - 23
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 29 - 34
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** **** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Chevrolet Malibu offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Ford Fusion with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Ford Fusion will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Malibu.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Malibu as you will with the Ford Fusion, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Malibu will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Ford Fusion. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Malibu carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Ford Fusion.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Malibu is much slimmer than the Ford Fusion, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Chevrolet Malibu takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Ford Fusion.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Chevrolet Malibu and the Ford Fusion do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has about the same turning radius as the Ford Fusion, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Chevrolet Malibu has less horsepower than the Ford Fusion, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Ford Fusion. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Chevrolet Malibu as you will in the Ford Fusion.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Malibu comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Ford Fusion.