The 2013 Chevy Malibu enters a dogfight with a host of family sedans that offer better interior space, quicker acceleration, higher fuel economy, or more dazzling infotainment features--sometimes all of those things combined.
The latest Toyota Camry really doesn't advance the argument that it should be the best-selling car in America, but it is, as much due to its reputation for longevity as for its smooth, unremarkable performance and its high-economy Hybrid companion.
The new Nissan Altima is a formidable piece of work, rated at 38 mpg highway in base trim, and offered with a powerful V-6.
Its CVT is better than ever, and so are its front seats and ride quality, though it's no longer the most sporty family sedan.
The Sonata and Optima are twins under the skin, with similar turbo and hybrid drivetrains on offer; they're the most audacious-looking vehicles in the segment, and have strong value in all versions but especially in base trim.
Finally, the Volkswagen Passat is now made in America, and it's taken on some local color; it's bigger than ever, with an immense back seat; the turbodiesel is by far the version we'd recommend for responsiveness and 43-mpg highway fuel economy, but some safety and infotainment features haven't made their way into the portfolio as of yet.
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|2013 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2013 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2013 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2013 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2013 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings||2013 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I5|
|Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Midsize||Mid-Size|
|4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan LX||4-Door Sedan I4 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)||4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual|
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|2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Hyundai Sonata||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Kia Optima||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Nissan Altima||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Toyota Camry||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Volkswagen Passat|