2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

You've got your work cut out for you if you're in the market for a mid-size sedan.

The choices are plentiful and they're all pretty darn good.

The Chevy Malibu's most obvious rival is the Ford Fusion.

It's nicely styled, but starting to feel a little dated.

The Honda Accord is this segment's sales leader, at least in terms of retail deliveries, and it's easy to see why: composure, quality, and value in spades.

But don't discount some of the underdogs here like the refined (and all-wheel drive) Subaru Legacy, the sporty Mazda 6, and the stylish Kia Optima.

Each has its own virtues and none will be a bad addition to your driveway.

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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid2018 Kia Optima
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Quick Specs
7.3
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
7.3
The 2018 Ford Fusion is a feast for the senses, a rarity among family sedans.
8.0
The 2018 Honda Accord sedan should be at the top of any four-door shoppers’ lists—sedan or otherwise. It’s well-crafted, comfortable, and affordable.
7.2
The 2018 Kia Optima returns with a new sportier trim and wide-ranging flexibility for a compelling price.
6.7
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a stylish, good handling sedan that finally has the underhood muscle to match.
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The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
MSRP From     
$21,680$22,215$23,570$22,600$21,950$22,195
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan L w/1VLS FWDLX 1.5T CVTLX AutomaticSport Manual2.5i
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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