The Mid-sized Sedan Challenge: 2015 Chevy Malibu vs. 2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Chevy MalibuThe 2015 Chevy Malibu and 2015 Hyundai Sonata are quality cars at the top of the mid-sized sedan market. Both are well-known for their spacious interiors and high-tech amenities. But when it comes to purchasing your next car, which is more deserving of your money? Biggers Chevy compared the 2015 Chevy Malibu LS and the 2015 Hyundai Sonata SE in a variety of categories to determine which is the ultimate vehicle. Read on for our comparison.


The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has a 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The 2015 Chevy Malibu has a 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with 196 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. This gives the Malibu 11 additional horsepower and 13 additional lb-ft of torque. The advanced performance of the Malibu is also apparent in is 1000 lb. maximum towing capacity. The Sonata’s towing capacity? Zero.


Both the Sonata and Malibu scored impressive 5-star ratings from the NHTSA in a 35 mph crash test. But when subjected to the IIHS’s 40 mph crash test, the Sonata scored a rating of “Acceptable” while the Malibu earned a higher “Good” rating. If you are searching for acceptable performance in overall safety, restraint quality, and head and neck protection, then the Hyundai Sonata is an acceptable bet. But if you’re looking for good performance in those categories, then stick with the 2015 Chevy Malibu.


Both mid-sized sedans are known for a roomy interior, but once again, the Chevy Malibu has the edge on passenger and cargo space. The Malibu has an additional 1.2 inches of legroom and 0.6 inches of rear shoulder room, so your passengers have a little extra space to relax. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata utilizes beam hinge design in its trunk. This beam cuts into the overall trunk space, reducing your cargo capacity. On the other hand, the 2015 Chevy Malibu utilizes a concealed beam hinge design to maximize the available space.

Tech Features

Both the Malibu and Sonata have a number of high-tech amenities, but the Malibu really excels when it comes to convenience. The Malibu has a remote start system, allowing the driver to heat or cool the interior and start the engine before leaving the house. The Sonata does not have this feature. The Malibu also offers one-touch power windows, while the Sonata lacks the one-touch option. Finally, the Malibu and Sonata both have automatic headlight on/off features for optimal visibility and convenience. However, this is a standard feature on the Malibu and an extra cost option on the Sonata.

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When it comes to the 2015 Chevy Malibu and the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, it’s clear that the Malibu is the superior mid-sized sedan. This superstar vehicle truly has everything you need to drive in the ultimate safety and comfort. Check out our great selection of 2015 Chevy Malibus on the Biggers Chevy website. Feel free to drop by the dealership at 1385 E. Chicago Street in Elgin or call us to set up a test drive at 866-431-1555.