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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $22,270 to $33,500
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2022 Hyundai
Sonata

MSRP*: $24,150 to $34,750
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Invoice* $22,248 to $32,294 $23,198 to $33,027
MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 23 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG 33 - 38 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.7 ft3 16.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 160 - 250 hp 180 - 290 hp
Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 194.2 in 192.9 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 46.1 in
Rear 34.8 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 40.0 in
Rear 37.4 - 38.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** **** Info not available

**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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Hyundai Sonata. The Hyundai Sonata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Malibu.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Malibu as you will with the Hyundai Sonata, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Malibu will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Hyundai Sonata. 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 Sonata have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Malibu is about the same width as the Hyundai Sonata. When looking at overall length, the Chevrolet Malibu takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Hyundai Sonata.

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

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

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

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Hyundai Sonata. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Chevrolet Malibu as you will in the Hyundai Sonata.

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