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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Hyundai Elantra Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $22,270 to $33,500
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2021 Hyundai
Elantra

MSRP*: $19,650 to $25,450
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Invoice* $22,248 to $32,294 $19,075 to $24,446
MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 25 - 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG 34 - 43 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.7 ft3 14.2 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 160 - 250 hp 147 - 201 hp
Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 194.2 in 184.1 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 71.9 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 38.7 - 40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** **** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Chevrolet Malibu offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Hyundai Elantra with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Hyundai Elantra in the front seats.

Convenience
The Chevrolet Malibu will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Hyundai Elantra, 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). The Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more expensive than the Hyundai Elantra. 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 Malibu and the Hyundai Elantra have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Malibu is a little wider than the Hyundai Elantra, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Chevrolet Malibu, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Hyundai Elantra.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is significantly less powerful than the Hyundai Elantra. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

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

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Hyundai Elantra. The Chevrolet Malibu has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Hyundai Elantra.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Malibu is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Hyundai Elantra.