2018 Ford Fusion


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2018 Ford Fusion

2018 Chevrolet Malibu


6-speed automatic w/ SelectShift

6-speed automatic

Premium wheels

Optional for base trim

Not available for base trim

CD player

Standard for base trim

Not available for base trim


175 @ 6,000 rpm

163 @ 5,700 rpm

2018 Ford Fusion vs 2018 Chevrolet Malibu near Wilmington, DE

We realize that finding the perfect car can be a complex task. However, here we are narrowing down to two options--the 2018 Ford Fusion and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu--to hopefully help you make an easier decision. Both of these cars are nicely equipped and also comfortable. For the 2018 model year the Ford Fusion gets a new available Blue Metallic paint color. The new model year brings minor changes to the Malibu. These changes include slightly larger fuel tanks on the LS, LS and LT trims, and a new available Redline Edition package. Continue reading to learn all about how the 2018 Ford Fusion and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu compare!

2018 Ford Fusion Power & Handling

The base Ford Fusion has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm. You can get up to 32 mpg highway and 21 mpg city out of this engine. The Fusion also offers a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that can get you 178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,5000-4,500 rpm. Fuel economy should be about 34 mpg highway and 23 mpg city. You could get the vehicle with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine if desired.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Power & Handling

Standard on many 2018 Chevrolet Malibus is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. It produces less horsepower than the Fusion's base engine, ringing in at 160 @ 5,600 rpm. There's an available 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces good horsepower and torque amounts. The Fusion lacks the option of a V6 engine. Fuel economy is great with either engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but there is an available nine-speed automatic.

2018 Ford Fusion Features & Design

The Fusion's base S model has Ford's Sync wireless communication system, a rearview camera, USB and auxiliary inputs, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and manual climate control. Opt for the SE and you will get a six-speaker audio system, 17-inch wheels, rear air vents and a ten-way-power driver's seat.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Features & Design

The base Malibu L has an AM/FM radio, cruise control and air conditioning. This model lacks in other features, which is why if you want to get this car you should get at least the LS model. The LS has a seven-inch MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth capability, and USB ports. The LS also has a six-way-adjustable manual driver's seat and a rearview camera. The Malibu may be purchased with adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert and blind-spot warning. Also, you could get 4G LTE-powered WI-Fi.


As we have discussed above, the 2018 Ford Fusion and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu are similar. While the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers its technology features, we strongly suggest picking the 2018 Ford Fusion over it because the Fusion has excellent torque and horsepower numbers, as well as many features on its base trim. Come down to Sheridan Ford when you have some time to check out the 2018 Ford Fusion! If you have any questions meanwhile, our number is (888) 605-4820. We look forward to assisting with your vehicle search!

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