Ford Fusion comparison with another mid size class sedans continue. This time it is 2015 model year Chevrolet Malibu, which is a bit out of date, because 2016 model year car is coming soon. Nevertheless, Malibu is still available in dealerships. Let’s find out is it worth to buy Chevrolet or Ford.
Current generation Chevy Malibu is under production from 2012 and its design is a bit out of date, remains Chevrolet Epica for European market. Just like Ford Fusion, Malibu is available in many countries, so its design you may call international.
If the exterior design of the car is mainly a matter of taste, the interior quality means way more and it is the weakest point of Chevy Malibu. Trimming materials, especially plastic, is very cheap, especially in comparison with Ford Fusion. Another major drawback noticed by almost every car reviewers – lack of room for passengers in back seats.
Engines and drivetrains
The standard engine for 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is 2.5L Ecotec 4 cylinder, producing 196 hp and 191 lb ft of torque. The engine has start/stop function. The transmission is 6-speed automatic.
The second option is 2.0L turbocharged engine with the output of 259 hp and 295 lb ft of torque. The transmission remains the same.
There are only 2 engines available, and no hybrid modification. The engines are more powerful than Ford Fusion has, but there is a lack of at least one more variant – turbocharged but with less capacity, like 1.5 EcoBoost engine.
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2015 model year Chevrolet Malibu is available in 6 different trim levels.
The basic one called LS features 6-speaker MP3 CD audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, 60/40 split folding rear seats, all powered windows, cruise control, air conditioner, 10 airbags, stability control, brake assist. Ford Fusion in basic trim is better equipped in terms on infotainment and safety (features rear view camera).
1LT is adding 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, MyLink system, 2 power outlets. 2LT adds power seat for driver, steering wheels control, dual-zone climate control. 3LT trim is available with turbocharged 2-liter as a standard and features premium cloth upholstery seats, remote vehicle start system, 18-inch alloy wheels (instead of 16”).
1LTZ has dual exhaust, all power front seats with leather trimming, fog lamps, braking control system. The standard engine for this trim is 2.5L.
2LTZ has turbocharged engine in standard and all equipment from 1LTZ, and power sunroof, cargo net, heated mirrors.
The price of standard LS trim started at $23,290 which is comparable to Ford Fusion. 1LT costs $24,560, 2LT – $26,420, 3LT started at $27,955. 2 top trims – 1LTZ and 2LTZ cost $29,145 and $31,305 respectively.
2015 Chevrolet Malibu price: starting at $23,290
Fuel efficiency figures are not as spectacular as Ford Fusion has, especially in hybrid versions. So, Chevrolet Malibu with standard 2.5L engine has 25 miles per gallon in city and 36 mpg in highway. It is better than 2.5L Ford, but the upper engine – 2.0L turbocharged, has only 21 mpg in city and 30 mpg in highway, which is a bit worse than Ford’s 2-liter EcoBoost.
Car critics don’t like Malibu much, mainly because of small rear seats, which is actually the main reason to buy mid-size family sedan. Both cars has similar pricing, powerful engines, good safety score. But Fusion is more equipped for relatively same price, more spacious and better trimmed.
Prices, specifications, options, features of 2015 Chevrolet Malibu could change without notice. You could find up to date information on car maker offical website.
All information above is relevant for US version of a car.