2010 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

While the Fusion and the Altima will give you a more thrilling drive than the Malibu, neither of them is as roomy or comfortable inside.

This is especially true in the backseat, where the Malibu, along with the Camry and Accord, is very roomy.

The Malibu is further differentiated from its rivals when it comes to interior styling, putting cars like the Camry to shame with its attractive dashboard and premium-feeling materials.

The Fusion and Accord, however, feature interiors that arguably are just as good as the Malibu’s.

The Hyundai Sonata, though comfortable, isn’t quite up to scratch.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look.
8.2
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
7.8
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
7.6
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
9.0
Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
8.4
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From     
$21,825$19,035$18,700$19,145$20,360$18,620
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
MidsizeMid-Size SedanLargeMid-SizeLargeMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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