2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Some of the highest-rated vehicles on The Car Connection are family sedans—and for good reason.

They must hit all their marks in terms of fuel economy, interior space, features, safety, even styling.

A few vehicles rise to the top, ready to be challenged by the new Malibu.

Our current favorites include the Subaru Legacy, our Best Car To Buy 2015, with standard all-wheel drive and near-perfect safety scores; the Ford Fusion, our Best Car To Buy 2013, with sleek looks and nimble handling in its corner; the Honda Accord, a perennial favorite that's better than ever in base trim; and the beautiful Mazda 6, which leads in safety and in gas mileage, though it could use more power.

One other very close contender is the new 2016 Kia Optima, a great-looking sedan that feels more smooth and refined than its predecessor in nearly every respect but ends up a bit lacking in charm.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu lineup skips performance models, plush luxury appointments, and all-wheel drive; yet the driving experience, comfortable cabin, and frugal numbers may convince you to trade in that Camry, Accord, or Fusion.
The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid combines high gas mileage and a quiet ride with one of the best-looking family-sedan bodies.
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
All-wheel drive for the entire lineup, a big back seat, and excellent gas mileage might be enough on their own to woo family-sedan shoppers; the 2016 Subaru Legacy has that, plus top safety, a smooth ride, and a design that fits right in.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class   
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan L w/1VL4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan LX Turbo4-Door Sedan 2.5i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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