Chevy Malibu vs. the Competition
2016 Chevy Malibu
The new Chevy Malibu is slicing through its competition. It boasts a handsome style with an aggressive front end, and it is changing the way we look at family sedans.
The interior of the 2016 Malibu offers more rear-seat legroom than in years past, giving families more reason than ever to shop Chevy. In addition, this year's Malibu has a more upscale look.
Under the hood, Chevy has given the Malibu a 160-hp turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. For more power, the 250-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder is an option. The Malibu has front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. Or, buyers can choose the hybrid Malibu which offers excellent gas mileage: 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. The new Malibu also has an excellent infotainment system that is user friendly and very easy to use.
How does Malibu fare against its competition?
The Toyota Camry is another sedan that gets great gas mileage (albeit a few miles less than the Malibu). It offers drivers, and passengers, a smooth ride. The new model has an excellent infotainment system, too. The problems come when you compare interior room. In the Camry, families will notice a lot less leg room; rear seats that don't fully fold, and an interior that is a bit bleak.
As for the Honda Accord, it offers a spacious cabin, much like the Malibu, but the interior (much like that of the Camry) is a bit bleak and disappointing when compared with the stylish Malibu. The Accord's gas mileage is not quite as good as the Malibu (just 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway compared to Malibu's 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway).
The Nissan Altima starts with a higher price than the Malibu. It offers drivers excellent handling and a modern, updated interior, just as the Malibu does. The Altima actually gets a bit better gas mileage than the Chevy. The major downfall of the Altima is its interior room; while the interior is comfy, seating four adults is tough. The headroom and legroom is less than in the Malibu.
With Ford's Fusion, drivers will find room for four adults, but a less-than-powerful engine, an infotainment system that is difficult to use, and poor rear visibility. The Fusion's gas mileage is nothing to brag about, either.
The Hyundai Sonata is the closest competitor to the Malibu. While many components are similar, the Malibu just does them a bit better. Malibu offers better handling and a more powerful engine. The stopping power of the Sonata is just not as good as the Malibu's, and with the Sonata drivers feel a bit more “body roll” during the ride than they do with the Malibu. The Sonata's gas mileage is good, but not as good as the Malibu's.
All in all the new Chevy Malibu is the sedan to beat. Excellent gas mileage and plenty of space for the entire family!