The 2013 Chevy Malibu enters a dogfight with a host of family sedans that offer quicker off-the-line performance, improved interior space, better fuel economy, and dazzling infotainment features--sometimes all these things combined.
The latest Toyota Camry leverages its historical reputation to continue its mid-size sedan dominance, though it doesn't really bring anything new to the table for consumers.
The Nissan Altima is an efficient, powerful, and formidable competitor with a 38 mpg highway rating with its base four-cylinder and a powerful V-6 on offer.
Nissan's CVT is also now better than ever, and the Altima itself delivers luxurious ride quality paired with comfortable front seats.
Those looking for base-trim value should look no further than the mid-size twins from Korea.
The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima are mechanically identical under the skin, offering the same turbo engine and hybrid powertrain; they're also the most audacious-looking mid-size sedans on the market.
Finally, the Volkswagen Passat is now made in America, and it's taken on some local color; it's bigger than ever, with an immense back seat; the turbodiesel is by far the version we'd recommend for responsiveness and 43-mpg highway fuel economy, but some safety and infotainment features haven't made their way into the portfolio as of yet.
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|21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I5|
|Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Midsize||Mid-Size|
|4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan LX||4-Door Sedan I4 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)||4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual|
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|2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Hyundai Sonata||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Kia Optima||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Nissan Altima||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Toyota Camry||2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2013 Volkswagen Passat|