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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Ford Fusion

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
$518
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Ford Fusion

2016 Ford Fusion
$575
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

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.

Above Average

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
very expensive
$575
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
minor issues
major issues
12%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(87 Reviews)
(44 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(2)
4 star
(27)
3 star
(26)
2 star
(25)
1 star
(5)

The Chevrolet Malibu ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.

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“The reason the check the gas cap light keeps coming on or why the car smells like gas is because the fuel pressure line is probably leaking gas but only when the key is on n when u fix that issue t...”

Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(18)
3 star
(12)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(1)

The Ford Fusion ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“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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