2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all.
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT.
The 2013 Toyota Camry is no standout for design, but it's more than ever the sensible pick for those who value comfort, value, and frugality above all else.
Marginally less refined than the last version, today's VW Passat hits important marks with excellent diesel fuel economy, superior passenger space and top safety scores.
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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