2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
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.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu2016 Chevrolet Malibu
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2016 Ford Fusion2016 Ford Fusion
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Quick Specs
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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.
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The 2016 Ford Fusion is true to its name as an excellent fusion of graceful good looks, responsive, fuel-efficient powertrains, and impressive comfort and interior space.
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The 2016 Honda Accord rewards buyers for making a sensible choice with its fun-to-drive nature.
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The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
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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    
$21,625$22,750$22,205$22,140$21,745
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan L w/1VL4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan 2.5i
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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