Compare 2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2020 Honda Accord vs 2020 Nissan Altima

2021 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L 29 36 $22,117 $22,140
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 29 36 $22,432 $23,270
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT 29 36 $25,709 $26,670
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier 22 33 $32,168 $33,370
Malibu 4-Door Sedan RS 29 36 $23,396 $24,270
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EX Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Accord Hybrid EX Sedan 48 47 $27,137 $29,670
Accord Hybrid EX-L Sedan 48 47 $29,417 $32,170
Accord Hybrid Sedan 48 47 $23,671 $25,870
Accord Hybrid Touring Sedan 48 47 $32,399 $35,440
Accord Sedan EX 1.5T CVT 30 38 $25,677 $28,070
Accord Sedan EX-L 1.5T CVT 30 38 $27,957 $30,570
Accord Sedan EX-L 2.0T Automatic 23 34 $29,782 $32,570
Accord Sedan LX 1.5T CVT 30 38 $22,211 $24,270
Accord Sedan Sport 1.5T CVT 29 35 $24,683 $26,980
Accord Sedan Sport 1.5T Manual 26 35 $24,683 $26,980
Accord Sedan Sport 2.0T Automatic 22 32 $28,815 $31,510
Accord Sedan Sport 2.0T Manual 22 32 $28,815 $31,510
Accord Sedan Touring 2.0T Automatic 22 32 $33,275 $36,400
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2.0 Platinum Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2.0 Platinum Sedan 25 34 $32,769 $35,180
Altima 2.0 SR Sedan 25 34 $27,719 $29,750
Altima 2.5 Platinum AWD Sedan 25 35 $31,440 $33,750
Altima 2.5 Platinum Sedan 27 37 $30,184 $32,400
Altima 2.5 S AWD Sedan 26 36 $23,906 $25,650
Altima 2.5 S Sedan 28 39 $22,650 $24,300
Altima 2.5 SL AWD Sedan 26 36 $29,430 $31,590
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan 28 39 $28,175 $30,240
Altima 2.5 SR AWD Sedan 25 35 $25,395 $27,250
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan 27 37 $24,139 $25,900
Altima 2.5 SV AWD Sedan 26 36 $27,477 $29,490
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan 28 39 $26,222 $28,140
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,117
$27,137
$32,769
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,140
$29,670
$35,180
Monthly Payment Estimate
$369 / month
$495 / month
$586 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.7
7.0
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu swings with great styling and space, but strikes out on safety. The 2020 Honda Accord is one of the best sedans available, a must-drive for any shopper. The 2020 Nissan Altima is a handsome sedan with a great-looking price.
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Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 48 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 47 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55.3 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 40.4 35.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.5 38
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 55 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.3 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 102.7 98.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.2 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 55 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 42.3 43.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 63.4 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 111.4 111.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73 73.3 72.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 63 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
194.2 192.2 192.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.1 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.7 16.7 15.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 11.1 11.5
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.5 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 12.8 16.2
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 38.1 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P225/50VR17 P235/40VR19
Rear Tire Order Code
R83 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R16 P225/50VR17 P235/40VR19
Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16 NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R83 NA 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)
3126 3373 3438
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 17 X 7.5 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 17 X 7.5 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - 510
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas/Electric I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 2500-3000 129 @ 3500 267 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LFV NA NA
Displacement
1.5L/91 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/120
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 5700 212 @ 6200 236 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 48 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 47 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 48 25
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 8.40 1.80
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Order Code
MRG NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.10 3.42 5.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.45 - 2.45 -
Clutch Size (in)
N/A - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Type
1 1 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Honda Accord Hybrid Nissan Altima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 3.8 6.1
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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