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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Ford Fusion

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

$518
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Fusion

$575
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Chevrolet Malibu Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 13th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $518 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Malibu.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Ford Fusion Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 14th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $575 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Fusion.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
expensive
$575
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.34
not often
very often
0.28
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(3)
4
(27)
3
(26)
2
(25)
1
(5)
The Chevrolet Malibu ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.
“In 2013 after selling my cavalier (bad investment do not buy one) my mom got a new car and she passed down her Malibu to me. She had the car for 9 years and it was still going strong at 163,000 mil...”
“In 2013 after selling my cavalier (bad investment do not buy one) my mom got a new car and she pa...”
5
(9)
4
(18)
3
(12)
2
(4)
1
(1)
The Ford Fusion ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in drive train.
“Owning this car has been a pleasure. Only wish the ride was smoother and more like my old caddy, LOL”
“Owning this car has been a pleasure. Only wish the ride was smoother and more like my old caddy, LOL”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Malibu and the Ford Fusion are midsize, four-door sedans. The Malibu comes with front-wheel drive, while the Fusion comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The standard engine in the Chevrolet Malibu has 160 horsepower, while the Ford Fusion’s standard engine has slightly more, with 175. The Malibu’s optional engine puts out 250 horsepower, again less than the Fusion’s maximum power of 325. The Fusion wins in both categories. Both the Malibu and the Fusion offer hybrid versions, but the Fusion alone gives you the choice of a plug-in hybrid.

Interior space in the Chevrolet Malibu and the Ford Fusion is nearly identical. The Malibu has 102.9 cubic feet of passenger space, and the Fusion has 102.8 cubic feet. This continues into the trunk space race, where the Malibu has 15.8 cubic feet, and the Fusion comes in with 16 even. It’s a photo finish.

In the final analysis, the Ford Fusion comes in with more standard power, more optional power, the availability of all-wheel drive, plus a plug-in hybrid model that can go up to 20 miles on electric power only. The Fusion gives you much more.

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