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2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Chevrolet Cruze, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Malibu in the front seats.

Convenience
The Chevrolet Cruze will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Chevrolet Malibu, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Cruze is clearly a better financial choice over the Chevrolet Malibu. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Malibu have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Cruze is much slimmer than the Chevrolet Malibu, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Chevrolet Cruze, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Chevrolet Malibu.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Chevrolet Cruze doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Chevrolet Malibu.

Performance
The Chevrolet Cruze has less horsepower than the Chevrolet Malibu, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Malibu. The Chevrolet Cruze has less cargo capacity than the Chevrolet Malibu, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Cruze comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Chevrolet Malibu.

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2016 Chevrolet
Cruze

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MSRP*: $16,620 - $23,120

2016 Chevrolet
Malibu

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MSRP*: $21,625 - $30,920
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 12.90% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 1.32% As low as 0.96%
City MPG: 29 - 30 22 - 27
Highway MPG: 40 - 42 33 - 37
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $16,537 - $22,080 $21,517 - $29,683

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.