Malibu vs. Ford Fusion

The 2021 Chevy Malibu Offers Comfort where Fusion can't Compete.

The 2021 Chevy Malibu and the 2021 Ford Fusion are both well-rounded midsize cars with spacious interiors, strong fuel economy, good cargo space, and are designed with comfort in mind. Both vehicles look to stand out in this competitive field, so the differences are always going to show out in the details. Which of these two sedans will come out on top? Check out why we think that the Malibu offers the superior driving experience. 

Key Dimensions

  2021 Malibu2021 Fusion 
 Passenger Space 102.9 cu. ft 102.8 cu. ft
 Wheelbase 111.4 in 112.2 in
 Vehicle Size 73" x 194.2" 75" x 192"
When it comes to the most important factors in a mid-size sedan, the Malibu and the Fusion are very similar in size. They have roughly the same amount of passenger space, have very similar wheelbases, and are roughly the same when it comes to overall dimensions. All-in-all, we think that it's a tie for key dimensions.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

The Ford Fusion offers a 1.5L 4 cylinder engine, standard, as well as a 2L and 2.5 L engine varient at higher price points. The standard engine offers 175 horsepower, while the larger enginces offer 245 horses. The '21 Malibu offers a standard 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine with a second 2 L variation available. It gets up to 29mpg city and 36 mpg highway while the Ford Fusion offers a significantly lower 23/34 city/hwy mpg. 

We believe that when it comes to affordable mid-size sedans, the most important factor is going to be gas milage, and for that reason, we think that the Malibu gets the leg up on the Fusion here.



When it comes to a more comfortable ride, the Malibu "offers a more serene ride" than the Ford Fusion (per, and we agree. The Malibu is as quiet as mid-sized sedans come, with an excellent suspension and noise cancelling technology built into the vehicle. For driving down Poplar Ave, we think that there's no more comfortable sedan on the market than the 2021 Chevy Malibu.



Ford and Chevrolet both offer similar warranties on their vehicles: headlined by 3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper warranties, and 5 year/60,000 miles powertrain warranties. However, Chevrolet's warranty also includes a free first service of your new Chevy, and extra available options for extended warranties. Come See us on 2000 Covington Pike for more details.