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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Quick Specs
7.3
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
7.3
The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings.
7.2
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a fuel-efficient pick among mid-sizers that doesn’t wear its eco credentials on its sleeves.
6.7
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a stylish, good handling sedan that finally has the underhood muscle to match.
7.2
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$22,600$21,950$22,195
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan L w/1VLS FWDLX AutomaticSport Manual2.5i
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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