All these mid-size sedan models are priced very closely to each other, so that shouldn't be a factor.
These five sedans all have a very different feel and different styling, though.
The Fusion has by far the boldest, most aggressive styling, while the Accord arguably looks the most elegant.
The Sonata is more comfort-oriented, but its interior isn't quite up to the standards of the Malibu or Accord, and it's not as quiet inside.
The Fusion and the Altima are more fun to drive than the Malibu, but neither of them is as roomy and comfortable inside.
And the Malibu's interior puts Toyota to shame; its attractive interior is well styled and has better-looking and better-feeling materials than much of the class.
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|2008 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2009 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda Accord SedanBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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|2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2009 Ford Fusion||2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2009 Hyundai Sonata||2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2009 Toyota Camry||2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2008 Honda Accord Sedan||2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2008 Nissan Altima|