American midsize sedans go head-to-head

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Chevy Malibu

2014 Chevy Malibu

2014 Chevy Malibu vs. 2014 Ford Fusion

It’s no surprise midsize sedans are consistently among the most popular cars on the road. They offer a little more space and comfort that compact cars while still delivering outstanding fuel economy and zippy performance. The Chevy Malibu has begun establishing itself as one of the premier vehicles in the compact sedan segment, but it is a highly competitive area of the industry and the Malibu is far from the only choice drivers have in this segment. One of the other popular compact car choices is the Ford Fusion. Find out how these two compact sedans stack up against one another in our comparison of the 2014 Chevy Malibu vs. 2014 Ford Fusion.

For comparison’s sake, we’ll analyze the Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu base models to make things simple, but keep in mind; other powertrain configurations are available in both models as are interior amenities.

The 2014 Ford Fusion is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A multitude of other engines are available, but fuel-economy remains strong in the the base trim, as the EPA estimates the base Ford Fusion S will achieve  22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

2014 Ford Fusion Interior

2014 Ford Fusion Interior

2014 Chevy Malibu Interior

2014 Chevy Malibu Interior

The 2014 Chevy Malibu comes standard with a similar 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but it is a little more powerful, generating 196 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. While you might assume adding power means sacrificing fuel-economy, that isn’t the case with the Chevy Malibu as it is more efficient that the Fusion by offering 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Inside, the Chevy Malibu holds its own against the Ford Fusion, which is known for its feature packages and available tech. The Malibu LS comes with nice standard equipment like keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system that also features a CD player. The 1LT is the next step up and that includes the Chevy MyLink interface, which adds conveniences like voice control, smartphone app compatibility, and voice-to-text capabilities. The Fusion includes more standard features and is widely regarded to feature a more distinct design.

The Chevy Malibu and ford Fusion are two of the of the most popular vehicles on our lot for those looking to buy or lease a car. While the smaller Chevy Cruze and the large Chevy Impala certainly are excellent choices, these midsize sedans give drivers many of the things its smaller and larger siblings possess with an affordable price tag.