2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Chevy Malibu
2015 Ford Fusion

If you are in the market for a midsize sedan that is fun to drive, provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo, comes standard with lots of features, and fits easily into your budget, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is the clear choice. There is a lot of competition in this segment, however, and to illustrate just how much the Malibu excels, we have compared it head to head with the 2015 Ford Fusion. Learn why the Chevy model is the smarter car to invest in, and then make your way to Tom Gill Chevy in Florence to check it out in person.


Mid-sized sedans have to balance speed and strength with agile handling, and provide a driving experience that is equally exceptional on both city streets and highways. The standard engine in the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu achieves that balance, and while the Fusion offers more total options, none of them provide everything that drivers are really looking for. Also, unless you are a mechanic, comparing the unnecessary number of Fusion powertrains can be confusing and overwhelming.

  • The standard engine in the Malibu is a 2.5L four-cylinder that puts out 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. If you are more interested in power, a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that puts out 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque is available on the 3LT and 2LTZ trims.
  • The Fusion offers three nearly identical engine options—a 2.5L four-cylinder and turbocharged 1.5L and 1.6L four-cylinders—that top out below the Malibu with a maximum of 182 hp and 185 lb-ft of toque. A stronger turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder puts out 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, also less than the Malibu.
2015 Chevy Malibu

Fuel Economy

Differences of just a few mpg translate into huge cost differences over the lifetime of a vehicle. The better fuel economy ratings offered by the Malibu will translate into lots more money in your pocket over the long term.

The base engine in the Malibu delivers 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The base engine in the Fusion delivers just 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The fuel efficiency ratings for the stronger Malibu engine fall just short of the Fusion’s, but keep in minds that the Malibu engine puts out significantly more power.

2015 Chevy Malibu

Trims and Features

The 2015 Chevy Malibu is available at six different trim levels, while the Fusion offers just three. That means you can pick the Chevy vehicle that offers the exact menu of features you require, and not have to pay for an expensive options package like you would with the Fusion. Plus, while both vehicles offer most of the same features, only the Malibu comes with 4G LTE internet coverage that extend high-speed Wi-Fi access to up to seven devices simultaneously. This appealing advanced feature comes standard on every trim.
2015 Chevy Malibu


You can tell a lot about how an automaker feels about a model by the type of warranty they offer. When you compare the Malibu and the Fusion, it’s clear that Chevy is a lot more confident in their car to travel more miles with fewer issues.

  • Chevy Malibu Warranty: 100,000 miles of coverage for both the powertrain/drivetrain limited warranty and roadside assistance coverage.
  • Ford Fusion Warranty: 60,000 miles of coverage for both the powertrain/drivetrain limited warranty and roadside assistance coverage.
2015 Chevy Malibu


Both of these are safe vehicles, but independent crash tests reveal that the Malibu is the car you would rather be driving when something happens on the road.

  • NHTSA Safety Ratings: The Malibu received a perfect five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The Fusion received only four stars overall.
  • IIHS Safety Ratings: In IIHS testing, the Malibu received the highest rating of “Good” in the important small-overlap frontal-offset crash test. In the same test, the Fusion was only rated at “Acceptable.”
2015 Chevy Malibu

Test Drive the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu in Bradenton

Both the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Ford Fusion are comparably priced vehicles, but the Malibu offers more power, better efficiency, exciting technologies, and a longer warranty. Plus, it’s the safer of the two vehicles. So why choose the Fusion?

If you would like to learn more about what makes the Malibu such a great car, make your way to Tom Gill Chevy. We are conveniently located at 7830 Commerce Drive in Florence, KY near Cincinnati, and the Malibu is on our lot right now. Contact us to schedule a test drive seven days a week.