2017 Ford Fusion vs 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Very few rivalries are as iconic as Ford vs Chevy. This two companies have been fighting it out for decades. The 2017 Ford Fusion vs the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu compares each company’s most recent attempt at claiming the coveted midsize family sedan class. Both cars employ similar strategies, but only one can emerge a winner.

Both cars begin by offering four cylinder base engines. Ford takes the lead early on, with the Fusions standard 2.5-liter engine outperforming the 1.5-liter-equipped Malibu in the horsepower category, 175 to 160.

When looking at engine variety, the 2017 Fusion is once again able to best the Malibu. Car shoppers considering the Fusion will be able to choose one of four engine options. In addition to the base engine, the Fusion can be equipped with an EcoBoost 181-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that earns the best horsepower numbers available on the sedan, earning an estimated 25 city/37 highway miles per gallon. Next is the 240-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder offered on the SE, Titanium and Platinum trim levels.

Finally, the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport trim comes equipped with a standard turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that delivers an impressive 325 horsepower. The highest horsepower numbers available on the 2016 Malibu are offered by the available 250-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Malibu does not offer a V6 engine.

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2017 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 160-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder
4 Engine Options 2
325 Max Horsepower 250
5 Trim Levels 4

2017 Ford Fusion Trim Levels and Features

Ford spreads the features offered on the 2017 Fusion out over five trim levels, while the Malibu is restricted to four trims. The base Fusion S trim comes equipped with the standard 2.5-liter engine along with a rearview camera, LED taillights, automatic headlights, smartphone app integration and a four-speaker sound system. Connectivity is offered via Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB.

Higher Fusion trim levels include a slew of great features, including:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • Rear heat ducts

  • Satellite radio

  • Rear spoiler

  • Keyless entry and ignition

  • Heated mirrors

  • Leather upholstery

  • Heated and ventilated seats

  • Sync 3 infotainment system

  • 110-volt power outlet

The 2017 Ford Fusion can also be equipped with a long list of safety systems. In addition to the rearview camera that is standard on all trims, the Fusion offers blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver drowsiness detection system, lane-departure warnings and intervention, a forward collision warning system with brake priming and the Ford MyKey system. MyKey allows parents to set parameters and restrictions for learning drivers. The 2017 Ford Fusion earned an overall rating of five stars in government safety testing and was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

In the most recent battle between Ford and Chevy, the 2017 Ford Fusion emerges the winner. But the rivalry between these two companies will not be ending any time soon.

2017 Ford Fusion interior
2017 Ford Fusion dash and steering wheel
2017 Ford Fusion Sport front
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