The market for 4-door sedans is very competitive for the 2016 model year. While everyone wants a car that looks good and suits their personality, there are other things to consider when selecting the make and model you want. Bloomington Ford offers a model showdown competition between two popular 2016 models that many people are considering as their new family vehicle. The 2016 Ford Fusion and the 2016 Chevy Malibu are both great cars, so how can you decide which is the winner for your family?
Both the Fusion and the Malibu have a 2.5 liter engine and offer 34 miles per gallon. Nothing different, there: both vehicles have good gas mileage. However, the Ford Fusion has announced 175 horsepower and 175 ft. lbs. of torque. Chevy has not announced the horsepower or torque specifications for the Malibu yet. This isn’t to say that the Fusion is more powerful, but there is a chance that it may be. The size of the engine isn’t all there is to the power or “get-up-and-go” a car exhibits. All the systems under the hood work together to give starting, cruising, and stopping power.
When it comes to safety features, the 2016 Ford Fusion clearly comes out on top when compared to the 2015 Chevy Malibu. The Fusion features Adaptive Cruise Control, which automatically slows your vehicle when you approach a slower moving vehicle. The Fusion also has a Blind Spot Information System and Active Park Assist. Being one of the leaders in the automotive industry, Ford has spent a lot of time and money seeking the most advanced safety features for their vehicles. The Chevy Malibu offers a variety of safety features, including available rear view cameras, but doesn’t seem to have quite the features seen on the Fusion. If safety and interactive driving is important to you, then the Fusion is the better choice for your driving needs.
While the Ford Fusion is known for its smooth curves and sleek body style, the Chevy Malibu is a bit more conservative. While the way a car looks may be important, it is also important to understand that the American influence of the Malibu makes it a bit more roomy and offers easy to use controls that the Fusion doesn’t quite match with its decidedly European influence. The Malibu is and has been an all-American-styled vehicle, while the Ford Fusion has become sportier and more exotic over the years, but don’t let this comparison stop you from checking out the two vehicles yourself. Everyone has their own style and their own needs when it comes to a vehicle.
If you load both vehicles with similar equipment and features, the Malibu may be a little less expensive. However, the number of features included on the base model of the Fusion far outweigh what comes standard with the Malibu.
Ford Fusion is the winner in this competition, based on the safety and convenience features included in the base model. Everyone has their own opinions, and the best way to make a choice between these two top-selling 2016 models is to visit your local dealer for a test drive.