2015 Ford Fusion vs Chevrolet Malibu

April 3rd, 2017 by
2015 Ford Fusion

The 2015 Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Malibu are two of the most popular mid-size sedans available today. Shoppers love them for their fuel-efficient power, high-tech features, and family-friendly cabins. If you’re having trouble deciding which model is right for you, check out our four-category comparison.

2015 Fusion vs Chevrolet Malibu

Power and Performance

We like the 2015 Ford Fusion’s impressive engine options. The standard engine for the S and SE is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The SE model can be equipped with one of three optional engines. The first is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horses and 185 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with the optional start-stop technology, it achieves an impressive 25 city/37 highway mpg. Shoppers can also choose the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder for an output of 182 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. It matches the 1.5-liter engine’s impressive fuel economy numbers. The Fusion’s most powerful engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s EPA-rated for 22/31 mpg.

By comparison, Malibu shoppers can choose between two engines. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 196 horses and 191 pound-feet of torque. Shoppers who want to spend a little more for the top trim models can choose a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 259 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque.


The 2015 Ford Fusion is our pick for comfort and convenience features. Modern drivers will appreciate its standard lineup, which includes high-tech items like a rearview camera. Thanks to voice-activated Sync technology, drivers can browse infotainment options without looking away from the road. Keyless entry means drivers don’t need to rummage around for a keychain.

The Malibu offers its own impressive standard features. An in-car Wi-Fi connection lets passengers go online from anywhere. Bluetooth phone connectivity means drivers can make hands-free calls.


In government crash tests, the 2015 Ford Fusion earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fusion its best score of “Good” after a number of tests. In addition to the usual standard equipment, the Fusion also offers high-tech safety items. The standard Ford Sync system can be paired with a cell phone to automatically dial 911 when the airbags deploy. Shoppers can add a variety of systems designed to increase driver vigilance, including rear cross-traffic alert and driver drowsiness detection.

The Malibu competes incredibly well in this category. It also earned five stars for overall protection and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top marks. Its standard OnStar telematics system helps drivers out of troublesome situations with features like crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance.

Passenger Comfort and Space

Inside, the Fusion delivers comfortable, supportive seating and a roomy cabin. Multiple driver seat adjustments make it easy to find the perfect position behind the wheel. Drivers can also expect excellent front and side visibility. The trunk offers a generous 16 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Malibu is a close second with its upscale cabin. Seating offers plenty of support for long commutes. The Malibu offers a similar-sized trunk, with 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

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2015 Ford Fusion

Although both models have much to recommend them, the 2015 Ford Fusion takes the lead in every category. Inside, passengers can enjoy a spacious, luxurious cabin. Shoppers can choose from a wide range of trim models to create an ultramodern ride. Drivers can browse an array of engine options to achieve the output and fuel efficiency that suits their individual needs.