The Malibu is the roomy, comfortable choice, while the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima deliver more fun behind the wheel.
Chevrolet's sedan is on car with offerings from Toyota and Honda when it comes to rear seat passenger space, but it crushes the especially tight rear seat in the Altima.
Additionally, the Malibu is blessed with a well styled, higher-quality interior than that found in the segment-leading Toyota Camry.
Those wanting a boldly styled ride will gravitate toward the Fusion, which has the most aggressive styling, while the Honda Accord fills the other end of the design spectrum with the most elegant sheetmetal in the segment.
Not to be forgotten, the comfort-oriented Sonata is, oddly, not as quiet inside and its interior doesn't hold candle to the high-quality materials used in the Malibu and Accord.
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|2009 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|
|22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 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 (Natl)||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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|2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2009 Ford Fusion||2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2009 Hyundai Sonata||2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2009 Toyota Camry||2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2008 Honda Accord Sedan||2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2008 Nissan Altima|