The Chevy Malibu is in a dogfight with a group of the most popular passenger cars on sale in the U.S.
The Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima tend toward the sporty end of the pack, with excellent handling for the class and some of the top reliability marks, too.
The Honda Accord is a bit bigger than the Malibu, but it's one of the rarer recent Hondas to avoid major mistakes in its interior trim and packaging.
The Toyota Camry is new this year, and it's unrelentingly dull, with just some crisper sheetmetal and dash lines to distinguish it from past models.
The newest kids on the block, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, have great packaging, exuberant styling, and rock-bottom price tags that include Bluetooth and USB ports, things you have to pay to get in most of these other sedans.
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|2012 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Midsize||Mid-Size Sedan||Large Cars||Midsize||Midsize Car|
|4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)|
|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|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Manual||Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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|2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Ford Fusion||2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Hyundai Sonata||2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Nissan Altima||2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2012 Toyota Camry|