Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Chevrolet Cruze than in the Chevrolet Malibu, due to the Chevrolet Cruze's smaller rear 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.
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Cruze as you will with the Chevrolet Malibu, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.
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.
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.
With its lower torque, the Chevrolet Cruze doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Chevrolet Malibu.
The Chevrolet Cruze has a smaller turning radius than the Chevrolet Malibu, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Cruze is significantly less powerful than the Chevrolet Malibu. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.
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 a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Chevrolet Malibu.
The Chevrolet Cruze comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Chevrolet Malibu.
Compare the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.
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MSRP*: $17,270 - $24,985
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MSRP*: $22,140 - $29,850
|Cash Back Rebate:||Up to $500||Up to $500|
|Low APR Loan:||As low as 2.90%||As low as 2.90%|
|City MPG:||22 - 28||21 - 25|
|Highway MPG:||35 - 46||30 - 36|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
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|Invoice*:||$16,666 - $23,986||$21,365 - $28,208|
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