Indiana car shoppers have a lot of great options to choose from when it comes to mid-size sedans, as this is one of the most competitive segments of the auto industry. The 2018 Chevy Malibu and 2018 Ford Fusion are both solid mid-size vehicles, but the Malibu has some features its rival just can’t match.
When it comes to purchasing a practical but fun mid-size sedan, the Malibu delivers. The standard Malibu is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, getting 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The base Fusion gets just 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Hybrid versions of both vehicles are also available.
The Malibu is far from boring, however, as it provides a smooth-cruising but nimble ride to drivers. Dual-pane glass insulates the cabin from road noise, and the car’s suspension handles all the bumps and jolts the road may throw at it.
The Malibu is far superior to the Fusion in the range of features offered to buyers. The new Malibu offers the MyLink infotainment system, a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a rearview camera, and more. The Fusion offers some of these options, but not all.
The Malibu’s cabin has a very refined look and comfortably seats five people. Materials are excellent quality, and the modern-looking interior design is a big plus for many Indiana drivers.
Safety & Reliability
The 2018 Malibu earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has a wide range of standard safety features, including a rear seat reminder that alerts drivers to check their backseats for kids or pets before exiting the vehicle. The Fusion did not perform as well on individual safety tests from the NHTSA.
The Chevy Malibu has historically been a more reliable vehicle than the Ford Fusion, and 2018 should be no exception. The Malibu typically earns above-average reliability ratings from J.D. Power and Associates, while the Fusion usually gets average ratings for dependability. As neither vehicle has significant mechanical changes for the 2018 model year, this trend should hold true.
The Chevy Malibu is more affordable than the Ford Fusion. The Malibu starts at $21,680, while a new Fusion will set you back $22,120. At upper trim levels, the Malibu remains the less expensive vehicle.
The Malibu offers a mid-size vehicle that’s attractive, fun to drive, reliable, and affordable. That’s a winning recipe that Ford can’t beat.
If your appetite for a new Malibu has been piqued, visit Community Chevy, a Spencer Chevrolet dealership serving Indiana car buyers with the best selection and most highly trained sales staff in the business.