The only thing "mid-sized" about the Malibu is its price tag.
Chevrolet has made safety a priority, and it shows: the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu were named IIHS Top Safety Picks.1
If you're trying to pinch pennies, every mile per gallon toward better fuel economy counts, including the 3 MPGs between the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2014 Ford Fusion in the city and on the highway.2 Those humble little MPGs can add up to big savings: the average driver could save up to $226 a year in fuel costs by choosing the Malibu. 3
Sometimes the beauty is in the details - including the thoughtful touches inside the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. These dynamite details include ice-blue ambient lighting on the instrument panel and doors, easily accessible storage areas, acoustic laminated glass (for a quieter ride) and carefully sculpted seats for comfort that rivals your couch.4
With dozens of standard and optional features, some for enhanced safety and some just for fun, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu competes handily with the other cars in its class - and wins, hands-down.4
Is it possible to get increased visibility while using less energy? With the optional HID Headlights on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, the answer is yes. On the 2014 Ford Fusion, those brilliant, energy-efficient HID headlights aren't even available.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu's standard sunroof lets the light in on even the gloomiest day. Sadly, the 2014 Ford Fusion's sunroof will cost you extra.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Ford Fusion optional5 HID Headlights - standard5Sunroof optional6
Want more power and higher top speeds? Consider the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, boasting 28 more horses than the 2014 Ford Fusion.
If you're carrying considerable cargo, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu's increased torque7 can mean the difference between easy going and a sluggish ride.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Ford Fusion 2598 Horsepower 2316 2958Torque 2706
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu offers side airbag protection to its rear passengers standard, but that same level of safety isn't even an option on the 2014 Ford Fusion.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Ford Fusion standard9 Rear Side Airbag -
The drivetrain in the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is carefully engineered and built to last, and they're willing to back it with a warranty that's 40,000 miles longer than the drivetrain warranty on the 2014 Ford Fusion.
The difference in MSRP between the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2014 Ford Fusion may seem significant, until you consider what you're missing when you opt to save that modest $240: more horsepower, more features, and more safety. Suddenly, that $240 doesn't seem like much of a "savings" at all, does it?
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Ford Fusion 100,0009 Drivetrain Warranty 60,00010 $22,1409 MSRP $21,90010