2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2017 Ford Fusion is a frontrunner within the sedan class, while the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu feels like it’s still trying to catch up. If you don’t believe us, just check out everything from power and performance to features and interior space.

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Engine Options

Ford has become well-known for offering drivers an exceptional degree of freedom, and the 2017 Ford Fusion certainly holds to that principle by offering three engines, including:

  • 2.5L Four-Cylinder: Rated at up to 175 hp.
  • 2.0L Four-Cylinder: Rated at up to 240 hp.
  • 2.7L V6: Rated at up to 325 hp.

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu feels grossly underpowered in contrast. It commands only 165 hp as standard from a lackluster 1.5L four-cylinder, and even the optional 2.0L tops out at 250 hp.


Even if we weren’t comparing it to the Ford Fusion, the Chevrolet Malibu would still seem astonishingly underequipped to anyone in around Naperville and Aurora. Even basic features such as a rearview camera are missing from the entry-level model.

You’ll find a rearview camera as standard with every model of the 2017 Ford Fusion, plus some available amenities that aren’t offered at any price with the Chevy, including a premium 12-speaker Sony sound system and cutting-edge SYNC3 infotainment.


The new Fusion isn’t content to offer more power and technology than the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu — it also provides greater comfort. You’ll notice that as you get inside, with the Ford offering an 8-way power driver’s seat as standard to the Chevrolet’s outdated 6-way manual driver’s seat. As you stretch out your legs, you’ll find up to 44.3 inches of legroom in the Ford vs. just 42 inches in the Chevy.

There’s also a slight superiority in terms of rear legroom (38.3 inches vs 38.1 inches) and in trunk space (16 cubic feet vs. 15.8 cubic feet). It isn’t dramatic, but every little counts.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Dominates the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Despite resting in the same class, the Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Malibu seem worlds apart. To find out more about the Ford Fusion or explore your financing options, just contact River View Ford or visit our showroom — we’re only a short drive from Aurora, Plainfield, and Naperville.