Compare 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Subaru Legacy

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan L 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
4-Door Sedan LS 27 36 $22,387 $23,320
4-Door Sedan LT 27 36 $24,211 $25,220
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 49 43 $26,803 $27,920
4-Door Sedan Premier 22 32 $29,779 $31,020
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2.5i 25 34 $20,979 $22,195
2.5i Premium 25 34 $22,946 $24,295
2.5i Sport 25 34 $24,835 $26,345
2.5i Limited 25 34 $27,317 $29,095
3.6R Limited 20 28 $29,897 $31,945
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,571
$20,979
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,680
$22,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$361 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms. The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 104.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 59
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 108.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 15
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 36.8
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
R83 NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R16 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R83 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3108 3514
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16" Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 X 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 490
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 2500-3000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LFV NA
Displacement
1.5L/91 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 5700 175 @ 5800
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
.075 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 3.58 - 0.62
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 -
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 -
Trans Order Code
MNH NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Subaru Legacy
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2019 Malibu arriving; 2018s still in good supply
  • Employee Discount + $2,500 factory rebate on 2018s
  • Lease a 2018 from $199 for 36 months
  • $750 bonus with GM financing on 2018s
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2018 Subaru Legacy
  • 2019 Legacy supplies building
  • No factory cash, but dealer discounting likely
  • Lease from $215 for 36 months
  • New 0% APR for 36 months

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