If you’re tossed up deciding between the Chevy Malibu and the Honda Accord, that’s totally normal. These cars are very similar, so it can be tough to choose between them. Let’s compare them head-on to see which is better.
The base engine of the Malibu is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that offers 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Powering the base Accord is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that gets 192 horsepower and pound-feet or torque. The Malibu and Accord are also extremely closely matched in fuel efficiency estimates. Though the two vehicles are rather evenly matched, it’s important to note that only the Malibu offers a suspension lowering kit to further improve performance at high speeds.
Even though the Honda Accord starts at a higher price than the Chevy Malibu, it doesn’t come with nearly as many standard or available features and amenities on the inside. The Malibu, on the other hand, offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, and Bluetooth®* as standard features, and also offers upgrades like a Bose® sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, OnStar® services, a double-pane sunroof, and a rear seat reminder. Although the Accord technically has three more cubic-feet of passenger volume inside, the Malibu matches the Accord measurement for measurement in headspace, legroom, hiproom, etc.
Staying safe while you drive is undoubtedly important, which is why both the Malibu and Accord are equipped with driver assistance features. In the Malibu, there’s automatic emergency braking, parking assist, daytime running lights, a following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. The Honda Accord has collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, and auto headlamps.
The 2020 Malibu also offers an extra safety feature that many other cars, including the Accord, do not have: a Teen Driver function. When Teen Driver is turned on, many potentially distracting features are disabled while any previously “off” driver assistance features are turned on. Teen Driver also gives adults a report card on their teen’s driving habits to help teach good driving habits.
The Chevy Malibu is an outstanding midsize sedan, and drivers in and around Sulphur Springs are in luck – the Malibu is in-stock at Jay Hodge Chevrolet. You can find one of your own in our available inventory today!