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Car Battles: 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Ford Fusion

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Car Battles: 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Ford Fusion


For this issue of Car Battles we pit the 2012 Chevy Malibu and matched it up against the 2012 Ford Fusion. 


At first glance both vehicles look great. They offer a classy feel for car buyers without having to spend the money that a luxury sedan costs.  We really couldn’t make up our minds as to which one we like better so we give each team a point there.

The Malibu has more horse power (169 vs. 160), more torque (160 vs. 156), and gets better fuel economy (30 mpg vs. 29 mpg) than the Fusion.

Score: 1-1 (tie)


This category was a close one. Both vehicles come equipped with standard 4- Wheel Anti-lock Braking System, Driver Air bags ,Passenger Air bags, Vehicle Anti-Theft System,  Rear Door Child Security Lockout, Tire Pressure Monitor, Traction Control System and Electronic Stability Control System.

The 2012 Malibu was able to edge out its rival by coming equipped with OnStar as a standard feature. This is one feature . The Chevy Malibu also has daytime running lights, which have been proven to help prevent accidents.

Score: Malibu 2- Fusion 1


This category again goes to the 2012 Chevy Malibu, due to it having a better powertrain warranty. The Malibu’s warranty covers 100,000 mile/60 months, compared to the Ford Fusion’s powertrain which only covers you for 60,000 mile/60 months. 

Score: Malibu 3- Fusion 1


We have to give this category to the Ford Fusion. The Ford fusion barely edges out the Malibu with 175 horsepower compared to 169 HP for the Malibu.

 Score: Malibu 3- Fusion 2

Tires and Wheels

This category, hands down, went to the Chevrolet Malibu.

 The Chevy Malibu is standard equipped with Steel Wheels and wheel covers, which are not available on the Ford Fusion.

 The 2012 Malibu also has front and rear Touring tires, which are also not available on the Ford Fusion.               

Score: Malibu 4 – Fusion 2


 Fuel Economy

 The Malibu keeps inching away folks, this time in the fuel economy category. While both the 2012 Malibu and the 2012 Fusion have an EPA estimated fuel economy of 22 MPG in the city, the Malibu has 33 MPG on highways when compared to the Fusions 29 MPG.

Score: Malibu 5 – Fusion 2


Both vehicles same with standard MP3 Playback                , Auxiliary-Audio Input Jacks, Vehicle Anti-Theft System, Power Steering, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror, Front Reading Lamps, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and an Auxiliary Power Outlet.

However Chevy goes all out with their 2012 Malibu by including Onboard Hands-Free Communications System, Bluetooth connectivity, Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls, Satellite Radio and Driver Lumbar Support. None of these features are available on the 2012 Ford Fusion

Score: Malibu 6 – Fusion 2      



For this edition of Car Battles the ultimate winner is the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The 2012 Ford Fusion showed true potential and was able to compete in most categories by matching up with the standard equipment you would expect to see on both vehicles. However Chevy went all out with the Malibu and went above and beyond our expectations by loading the Malibu up with a myriad of features.

While we take nothing away from the Malibu, the winner for this edition of Car Battles is the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu!

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