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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra HEV

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MSRP*
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$22,270 to $33,500
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$23,550 to $28,100
Invoice* $22,248 to $32,294 $22,622 to $26,990
MPG - City 22 - 29 49
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
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 HEV with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Hyundai Elantra HEV will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Malibu.

Convenience
The Hyundai Elantra HEV requires fewer visits to 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). The Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more expensive than the Hyundai Elantra HEV. 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 HEV have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Malibu is a little wider than the Hyundai Elantra HEV, 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 HEV.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Malibu does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Hyundai Elantra HEV.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has a significantly larger turning radius than the Hyundai Elantra HEV, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu has a much more powerful engine than the Hyundai Elantra HEV. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

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 HEV. The Chevrolet Malibu has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Hyundai Elantra HEV.

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