2020 Ford Fusion vs. 2020 Chevy Malibu
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If you're on the hunt for your next sedan, you won't find more head-turning, confident models than the 2020 Ford Fusion and the 2020 Chevy Malibu. The team at Dick Witham Ford has taken a closer look at these stand-out cars in our 2020 Ford Fusion vs. 2020 Chevy Malibu head-to-head comparison.

In this page, we'll focus on the 2020 Ford Fusion SE, starting at $24,500 MSRP, and the 2020 Chevy Malibu LS, starting at $23,220 MSRP. After reading, you can browse the selection of models available at our dealership in Waterloo, IA in our online inventory. To speak with a Dick Witham Ford representative, call (866) 728-5693 or send us a message through our contact form.


When comparing engines, it's clear that the 2020 Ford Fusion comes out on top. While the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder of the 2020 Malibu slightly edges the Fusion's 1.5L EcoBoost® in efficiency, it simply can't compete with the Ford sedan's power outputs. Performance specs for both engines are as follows:

2020 Ford Fusion


2020 Chevy Malibu

1.5L EcoBoost®


1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder

181 HP


160 HP

185 lb.-ft.


184 lb.-ft.

23 city / 34 hwy MPG

Fuel Economy

29 city / 36 hwy MPG


2020 Ford Fusion Safety Feature

In addition to all the safety essentials, both the 2020 Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu include several modern considerations, such as a rear view camera. Thanks to the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of safety features, the Fusion goes above and beyond what the comparable Malibu models can offer. Safety features exclusive to the 2020 Fusion include:

  • Blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keeping system
  • Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection
  • Reverse sensing system


2020 Ford Fusion Leather Interior Dashboard

The cabin spaces of the 2020 Fusion and Malibu are thoughtfully designed to maximize comfort for both drivers and passengers. While you'll find a push-button start and 60/40 split-folding rear seats in either sedan, only the Ford Fusion offers the following features:

  • Rotary gear shift dial
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control


To keep you informed and entertained during commutes and road trips, the Fusion and Malibu feature a variety of smart technologies. Regardless of which sedan you're in, you'll stay connected thanks to a touchscreen display and 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot. 2020 Fusion tech

  • SYNC® 3 infotainment system
  • Two 4.2-in. driver configurable LCD displays
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio


The best way to determine if you prefer the exterior design of the 2020 Fusion and 2020 Malibu is to check them out for yourself, but there are some key differences you should be aware of. The Fusion and Malibu are both equipped with configurable daytime running lamps, but only the 2020 Fusion features the following exterior details:

  • Automatic high-beam headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad

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