syj1 5pts As far as the Fusion, styling aside (which is subjective) and baffled as to why so many are ready to pronounce it wholly superior to Malibu. The Malibu has a better base engine, a more powerful turbo engine, a nicer interior and almost the same options. The Fusion does offer a full hybrid (likely to be pricey) and a few lux car options like adaptive cruise. I think its safe to say both will handle decently and get top safety scores. I don't see a huge gap between the two. As for the Malibu being "late"- the Accord came out in 2007 and is being replaced for 2013- just like Malibu. Altima actually came out in 2006 and is being replaced by the 2013. I don't see how the Malibu is "late".