Compare 2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Chevrolet Malibu
2021 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L 29 36 $22,247 $22,270
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 29 36 $22,557 $23,400
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT 29 36 $25,835 $26,800
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier 22 33 $32,294 $33,500
Malibu 4-Door Sedan RS 29 36 $23,521 $24,400
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Limited 1.6T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata Limited 1.6T 27 37 $32,267 $33,950
Sonata N Line 2.5T 23 33 $31,649 $33,300
Sonata SE 2.5L 28 38 $23,006 $23,950
Sonata SEL 2.5L 27 37 $24,524 $25,800
Sonata SEL Plus 1.6T 27 37 $26,899 $28,300
Sonata Hybrid Blue 2.0L 50 54 $26,460 $27,750
Sonata Hybrid Limited 2.0L 45 51 $33,655 $35,300
Sonata Hybrid SEL 2.0L 45 51 $28,509 $29,900

Pricing

Invoice Price

$22,247
$32,267

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$22,270
$33,950

Monthly Payment Estimate

$371 / month
$566 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

5.7
7.3

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu swings with great styling and space, but strikes out on safety. The 2021 Hyundai Sonata wears luxury threads in pricey models, but all versions get excellent safety and warranty coverage.

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Fuel Economy

City

29 mpg 27 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 37 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 -

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Large Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

53.4 54.4

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.5 57.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

102.9 104.4

Second Head Room (in)

37.5 37.4

Second Shoulder Room (in)

57.1 56.1

Front Leg Room (in)

41.5 46.1

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.1 54.6

Second Leg Room (in)

38.1 34.8

Front Head Room (in)

39.1 40

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.6 63.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.3

Length, Overall (in)

194.2 192.9

Height, Overall (in)

57.9 56.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.5 63.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.4 111.8

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73 73.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

15.7 16

Brakes

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)

11.3 x - TBD - 11.8

Brake Type

Pwr 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.8 x - TBD - 12.8

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.8 15.9

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.0 35.9

Steering Type

Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

N/A -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

R83 NA

Front Tire Size

P205/65R16 P235/45VR18

Spare Tire Size

T125/80R16 Compact

Front Tire Order Code

R83 NA

Spare Tire Order Code

ZAM NA

Rear Tire Size

P205/65R16 P235/45VR18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3126 3336

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7.5 18 X 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7.5 18 X 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 130

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

184 @ 2500-3000 195 @ 1500

Engine Order Code

LFV NA

Displacement

1.5L/91 1.6 L/98

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

160 @ 5700 180 @ 5500

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 37

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

29 27

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

32 30

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

N/A -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.86

Trans Type

1 8

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.22

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.24

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 2.91

Trans Order Code

MRG NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

5.10 3.37

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.42

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.00

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 4.72

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.64

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.80

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata

Body Style

Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

N/A -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - -

Suspension Type - Rear

Four-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

N/A -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.5 5.8

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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