The all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the toughest rival to the Malibu; just like the Malibu, it emphasizes space and comfort over performance (though there is an available turbo model).
The Fusion or the Altima will give you a more thrilling drive than the Malibu, but 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.
|2011 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda Accord SedanBrowse Used Listings||2011 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Midsize||Mid-Size Sedan||Large||Large Cars||Midsize||Mid-Size|
|4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Manual w/OD|