2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

2021 Chevrolet Malibu
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima are mid-size sedan stalwarts, and each have been recently redesigned, offering great tech, crash test scores, and safety equipment.

Of the three, only the Altima is offered with available all-wheel drive.

Hyundai’s bold-looking Sonata offers something different from conventional mid-size sedans, though its styling isn’t for everyone; maybe you like the related Kia K5 better.

The sleek Mazda 6 is the most fun mid-size sedan of the bunch to drive and is a less common sight (in rental fleets or otherwise).

2021 Chevrolet Malibu2021 Chevrolet Malibu
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2021 Honda Accord Hybrid2021 Honda Accord
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2021 Hyundai Sonata2021 Hyundai Sonata
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2021 Mazda 62021 Mazda MAZDA62021 Nissan Altima2021 Nissan Altima
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2021 Toyota Camry2021 Toyota Camry
Quick Specs
The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu swings with great styling and space, but strikes out on safety.
More tech this year makes the 2021 Honda Accord a compelling buy, but the options can rack up.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata wears luxury threads in pricey models, but all versions get excellent safety and warranty coverage.
The 2021 Mazda 6 drives the point home: not every family needs a crossover SUV.
The 2021 Nissan Altima has a plain-spoken appeal, not to mention high safety scores and a great low price.
The 2021 Toyota Camry elevates its family-sedan game with grabby looks and hybrid power.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 54 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LLX 1.5T CVTSE 2.5LSport Automatic2.5 S SedanLE Automatic (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
AutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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