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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Nissan Versa Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $22,270 to $33,500
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2021 Nissan
Versa

MSRP*: $14,980 to $18,390
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Invoice* $22,248 to $32,294 $14,608 to $17,923
MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 27 - 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG 35 - 40 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.7 ft3 14.7 - 15.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 160 - 250 hp 122 hp
Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 194.2 in 177.0 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 68.5 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 44.5 in
Rear 31.0 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 39.5 in
Rear 36.3 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
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 Nissan Versa. The Nissan Versa will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Malibu.

Convenience
With the Chevrolet Malibu you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Nissan Versa, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Nissan Versa, which has a much lower MSRP. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Versa.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Malibu is much wider than the Nissan Versa, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. 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 Nissan Versa.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more powerful than the Nissan Versa.

Powertrain
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 Nissan Versa.

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

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