2011 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LS w/1LS Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
8.4
The 2011 Ford Fusion comes in a few finely developed flavors; Sport, Hybrid and base are a few of the best tastes.
8.2
Though the 2011 Honda Accord is missing Bluetooth connectivity on the more affordable trims, it’s a very compelling package otherwise, with top-notch refinement, performance, and comfort.
8.6
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
7.6
The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
6.8
The 2011 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
MSRP From     
$21,975$19,850$21,380$19,395$20,270$20,195
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
MidsizeMid-Size SedanLargeLarge CarsMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)
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/ODManualManualManual w/ODContinuously VariableManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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