For passenger protection you can trust and miles of seating comfort, mid-size sedans like the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion are top picks in this segment. If you’re trying to choose between the two, check out our comparison guide to learn more.
Family-friendly space might be the Malibu’s forte, but this mid-size sedan is also known for its driver-centric style. The intuitive center stack puts all the controls where you can easily reach and, under those, there’s space to stow your smartphone. Throughout the cabin, every single member of your family will enjoy satisfying head and leg room.
Ford’s take on interior space is pretty impressive. The Fusion’s front seats are the perfect place to spend your commute – their many adjustments and plush support cushion you for the long haul. In the Fusion backseat, passengers enjoy serious legroom. However, its sloping roof – which looks fancy from the outside – cuts down on rear headroom on the inside.
The tech-savvy Malibu is loaded with everything modern drivers need and more. It’s got plenty of options to keep devices charged, including a wireless charging station for your smartphone and built-in USB ports for larger devices like iPads. With built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, you’ll never miss a Tweet from the backseat.
Like the Malibu, the Ford Fusion sports a cutting-edge infotainment system. Ford’s Sync 3 gives you the power to stream music from devices or use voice controls to find the app you need. However, you have to pay extra for the system – either that or opt into the Fusion’s decked-out Titanium model. With the Malibu, you get upgraded infotainment on the mid-grade LS model.
The Ford Fusion handles twisty turns and tight corners with precision. That’s because its steering is on-point, serving up immediate responses to driver input. We’re also fans of the Fusion’s everyday ride, with a cabin that blocks road noise and a specially tuned suspension that glides over the ruts in the road.
The Malibu’s sleek, aerodynamic body lines contribute to its surprisingly sporty ride. You’ll zip around town with serious self-assurance. This sedan also provides the kind of ride comfort you need during long hauls, creating a luxuriously smooth ride on any surface. However, the base engine doesn’t get up to speed quite as quick as what you see with the Fusion, putting the Malibu squarely in second place.
For safety, we like the Malibu’s stellar crash-test scores and seamless connectivity. In government crash tests, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. Moreover, every model comes with OnStar telematics, which automatically connects you to emergency services after a collision.
The Fusion is handy in a pinch, too. Like the Malibu, it earned a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests. It’s also got some high-tech safety innovations up its sleeve – like the MyKey system, which lets you set speed limitations for newbie drivers. However, unlike with the Malibu, the Fusion doesn’t come with OnStar.
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If you’re looking for a roomy ride with all the latest tech gear, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is your best bet. Comfy seating goes perfectly with a day’s worth of errands or a long commute, with tech options that keep you connected no matter how long you’re away from home. Add to that an impressive safety performance and you have a sedan that can grow with you and work for you.