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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
MSRP
$21,680
Invoice
$21,572
Average Price Paid
$20,778
13 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE
MSRP
$26,340
Invoice
$24,891
Average Price Paid
$24,748
2,954 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
Fair Price
$21,119
Good Price
$19,870
Great Price
$19,155
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE
Fair Price
$25,501
Good Price
$23,652
Great Price
$22,595

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$21,788
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$25,272
204 listings nationwide
8 GREAT deals
20 GOOD deals

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
George Kennedy Preview:

The Chevrolet Malibu proves that a dependable family sedan doesn’t have to be boring. The midsize Malibu boasts easy-to-use technology and as much as 250 horsepower on tap, but blends ...

2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE
Christian Wardlaw Test Drive Review:

Want a basic but stylish car? How about a hybrid, or even a plug-in hybrid? What about an undeniably luxurious sedan, or a genuine sports sedan? The 2018 Ford Fusion lineup has them al...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 9
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 9
  • Safety 8
  • Cost-Effectiveness 9

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
90
writes:
Very affordable price. Comfortable ride, well built, no issues so far (purchased a month ago); my other 2016 ...
70
writes:
Very good
20
writes:
The Malibus overall style was very appealing. The 4 cylinder engine had plenty of horsepower and was able to a...
Looks/Style Ranked 2015 GMC Terrain SLE1 better.
"Personally, the exterior styling just appealed a little more to the eye."
Front Seats Ranked 2015 GMC Terrain SLE1 better.
"The seats were a little higher which made getting in and out easier. Being handicapped, lower seats can be difficult for me. However, both drive and passenger seats on the Malibu were able to be raised high enough that it was not uncomfortable. Once in the vehicle, both seating comfort levels were the same but, I did like the fact I was a little higher up and could see more around me."
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE
writes:
Nice looking good handling vehicle. Would not buy without 2.0 engine. 1.5 suffers turbo lag and actually gets ...
10
writes:
I love the gas mileage and the smoothe ride and road control
55
writes:
What an awesome car! With 325 hp, this car is an absolute must drive if your looking for a family sedan with a...
Looks/Style Ranked 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport worse.
"Its a close call in my opinion, but Im giving it to the ford for the aggressive front end and quad exhaust tips."
Back Seats Ranked 2018 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport better.
"More interior room and very comfortable seating position."

Specs

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
43 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
36 MPG
41 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.8 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Hybrid
Power
160 hp @ 5,700 RPM
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Torque
184 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
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Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
12.3:1
Displacement
1,500 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
2.91 in x 3.4 in
3.44 in x 3.27 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags Standard --
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 3 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player -- Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42 in 44.3 in
Back Legroom 38.1 in 38.3 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.8 cu ft 12 cu ft
Exterior
Length 193.8 in 191.8 in
Width 73 in 83.5 in
Height 57.6 in 58 in
Wheelbase 111.4 in 112.2 in

Available Options

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid SE

Exterior Colors

  • Blue Metallic
  • Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Lightning Blue
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Shadow Black
  • White Gold Metallic
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

Option Packages

  • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System
  • Fusion SE Hybrid Luxury Driver Assist Package
  • Fusion SE Hybrid Technology Package
  • Equipment Group 601A
  • Equipment Group 602A
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist with Parallel Parking
  • Power Moonroof
  • Wheels: 18" Machine-Face Aluminum

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