Searching for a midsize family sedan that can truly do it all can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. That’s why finding two worthy competitors, the Chevy Malibu and Toyota Camry, makes for a tough decision for any buyer. Let’s compare them side-by-side to see which you should choose.
Powering the 2020 Chevy Malibu in the base level is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; behind the 2020 Toyota Camry is a 2.5-liter that offers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Both cars have similar fuel efficiency ratings, though the Malibu has a larger fuel tank by several gallons, so you’re likely to see more time elapse between fill-ups with the Malibu than the Camry. Though the powertrain matters quite a bit, the way a car handles affects every drive you take. In the Chevy Malibu, the exceptional suspension gives the car secure handling, as does a 37.0-feet turning radius. While the Camry is a pleasant drive, it’s not as sporty as one might expect, and has a 37.4-feet turning radius compared to the Malibu.
Moving inside, you’ll see that there are even more advantages in the Malibu’s favor. The 2020 Malibu comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that offers Bluetooth®*, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto. While the Camry offers the same connectivity features, it only gives a 7-inch touchscreen for base trims.
Just because you’re driving a sedan over an SUV doesn’t mean you don’t need plenty of space to stretch out and store cargo, and the Chevy Malibu delivers with plenty of space for both. The 2020 Chevy Malibu not only offers more space for passengers with 102.9 cubic-feet of passenger space over the Camry’s 99.9 cubic-feet of passenger space, but it also offers more cargo room in the trunk as well with a 15.7 cubic-feet trunk versus the Camry’s 15.1 cubic-feet trunk.
You want to know that you and your loved ones are safe while you’re driving, which is why the driver assistance features in the Malibu and Camry are so reassuring. In the Malibu, you’ll find blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning. The Camry offers a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and smart cruise control. The 2020 Malibu also offers a unique safety feature that many competitors, including the Camry, do not: a Teen Driver function. When the Teen Driver setting is turned on, many distracting features are disabled while simultaneously activating a number of driver assistance features. The function also gives parents a report card on their child’s driving habits to help teach safe driving.