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2018 Chevrolet Malibu L
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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
MSRP
$21,680
Invoice
$21,572
Average Price Paid
$20,787
12 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid Platinum
MSRP
$37,370
Invoice
$35,315
Average Price Paid
$35,303
117 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
Fair Price
$21,097
Good Price
$19,916
Great Price
$19,241
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid Platinum
Fair Price
$36,107
Good Price
$34,010
Great Price
$32,810

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$22,022
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid Platinum
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$34,498
4 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L
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 Platinum
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
50
writes:
Very affordable price. Comfortable ride, well built, no issues so far (purchased a month ago); my other 2016 ...
40
writes:
Very good
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid Platinum
35
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."
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Handling Ranked 2018 Ford Focus SE worse.
"Larger snd more driving modes such as Comfort, or Sports Mode"
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Ford Focus SE worse.
"Yes, more room in the cabin as well as the trunk."

Specs

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
L
2018 Ford Fusion
Hybrid Platinum
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
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
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

Exterior Colors

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

Exterior Colors

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

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