2014 Malibu vs Ford Fusion
2014 Chevy Malibu
The Malibu offers two engine choices to get you where you need to go. The standard 2.5 liter four cylinder engine offers an ample 196 horse power and 191 foot pounds of torque while the turbocharged optional engine ups the output to 259 horsepower and 295 foot pounds of torque. Malibu use a six-speed advanced automatic transmission and stop/start technology that turns the engine off when you don’t need it to save as much fuel as possible without impacting performance. On the inside, the 2014 Chevy Malibu is extremely well-equipped, with features ranging from climate control to an advanced navigation system.
2014 Ford Fusion
A comparably-equipped Ford Fusion costs more and offers less. It comes with one engine choice – a turbo-charged 2.0 liter engine that makes a little more power than the non-turbocharged Chevy engine (231) horsepower, but not enough to change the driving dynamics appreciably or to match the Chevy’s turbo engine. While it also has a six-speed transmission, the Ford’s engine is always one and always burning gas. It’s a well-equipped car but falls short of the Chevy in a few important ways.
One of the biggest differences between the two cars comes in their fuel efficiency. The 2.5 liter non-Turbo Malibu achieves 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. The Ford manages just 22 and 33 mpg. Thanks to the Malibu’s larger 18.5 gallon tank, it can go over 665 miles on one fill up, while the Ford gets stuck on the road side after just 544 miles. Fuel economy isn’t the only statistic where the Chevy sets itself apart. Its warranty is also superior with 100,000 miles of powertrain and roadside assistance coverage to the Ford’s 60,000 and two years of free maintenance included to the Fusion’s zero.
Both cars are well-equipped, but there are some very important benefits to the Chevy. Its safety package includes two additional airbags for a total of ten protecting all of its passengers. If something happens, the built-in OnStar system will contact the authorities and send help if you can’t get to your phone, while the Ford will leave you alone, hoping that someone calls for you. OnStar is there if your Malibu gets stolen and to help you find a restaurant or movie theater, too.
The Malibu is thoughtful in other ways, too. Chevy also equips the Malibu with all-season tires that work in every type of climate and are affordable to replace instead of the finicky V-rated tires on the Fusion. Its trunk is a little bit bigger, too, so that you can squeeze in a couple more grocery bags.
2014 Ford Fusion vs 2014 Chevy Malibu – Conclusion
Ultimately, the Malibu is the better package. It offers more airbags, more cargo room and more warranty coverage. It also offers less, where you want it. It uses less gas, costs less to maintain, and has a lower purchase price. The best way to see why the Malibu is the world’s leading mid-size family sedan, though, is to come by Burlington Chevy in New Jersey and test drive one for yourself.