The Chevrolet Malibu VS the Competition
When it Comes to Sedans, the Malibu Has All the Angles Covered; Packing the Comfort and Technology You'd Expect From a More Expensive Vehicle into An Affordable Package
Chevrolet Malibu vs Toyota Camry
The Sedan. The sensibly sized people mover. For years and years it’s been a huge segment in the automotive game, and still is! The Chevrolet Malibu has been around for a while, since 1964 to be exact, and though it saw a hiatus for a few years during the 80’s and 90’s it was simply taking a step back to watch. While the Malibu has been a mainstay in the Chevrolet stable for a long time, it has always had a plethora of competitors. One of its biggest competitors is the Toyota Camry. Let’s see how they stack up to each other.
When compared at similar packages, (Premium for the Malibu, V6 Auto XLE for the Camry) the Malibu comes in slightly below the Camry on price. What’s interesting is all of the features you get out of the Malibu at it’s slightly lower price. As for comfort and convenience, the Malibu runs circles and squares around the Camry. Offering more front head room, a wider stance and a longer wheelbase. Let’s not forget about Chevrolet’s OnStar communication and assistance feature, as well as one of its biggest “leg up” on the Camry, it’s available 4G LTE wifi, capable of keeping up to 7 devices connected!
So it’s got the room and features to make a road trip more enjoyable, but what about getting to your destination? The Toyota does come equipped with the larger engine, offering a 3.5L V6, but the Malibu’s 2.0L 4 cylinder engine IS turbocharged so while the Malibu had slightly less horsepower (250 compared to the Camry’s 268) it makes up for it, surprisingly with its torque (260 ft-lbs in the Malibu compared to the Camry’s 248 ft-lbs).
And because of the smaller, more efficient engine in the Malibu, it’s get better fuel economy. EPA estimates put the Malibu at 22MPG in the city and 33MPG on the highway, compared to the Camry’s 21MPG in the city and 31MPG on the highway.
Both vehicles offers very similar standard warranties it is the Chevrolet that takes the cake with a 5 year, 60,000 roadside assistance program compared to the Toyota’s 2 years/ unlimited mileage. And you know what else? Chevrolet offers 2 years of free scheduled maintenance, Toyota doesn’t!!
So if you need a comfortable, fuel efficient vehicle to move around the area in, look no further than the Chevrolet Malibu.
The Chevrolet Malibu vs Ford Fusion
What vehicle has impressive fuel efficiency, an affordable price, and all-around great style? The Chevrolet Malibu! US News reported it as being one of the best cars for families! It's a comfortable, safe sedan that beats out a number of sedans including the Ford Fusion.
The Malibu is known for its EcoTec engine. EcoTec combines impressive technologies like Variable Valve Timing, Direct Injection and start/stop technology. This allows the Malibu to achieve a fuel efficiency of 36 mpg highway. This is two mpg higher than the Ford Fusion. While those number may not seem like a big deal, it adds up quickly as you drive down the road. Combine that fuel efficiency with a starting price of only $21,680 and this vehicle is an investment that will save you money both short term AND long term.
When it comes to safety, it doesn’t get much safer in a Malibu. With available driver confidence package, the Malibu earned itself the IIHS Top Safety Pick of 2017. Just like the rest of the Chevrolet vehicles offered today, Malibu is armed with crash prevention technology like lane change alert, blind zone alert, adaptive cruise control, low speed front automatic braking, and a rear vision camera that lower the chances of accidents. Malibu also was awarded the highest score on a scale of 4 ratings in crashworthiness categories that included side, roof strength, head restraints and seats, small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and even front crash prevention. In other words it's one of the safest options on the road.
The Malibu, just like other Chevrolet models offers the MyLink display, which works with both Apple and Android phones allowing access to navigation, music, phone calss, and more. The Malibu also offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi that the Ford Fusion simply does not.