2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu


2016 Nissan Altima

Savvy style, powerful performance, and smart design are all within reach with the latest crop of power-ready sedans. There are a lot of driver-centric sedans out there to choose from on nearly every car lot you visit. Break through a little bit of the noise with our head-to-head comparison of two of the most popular options: the 2016 Chevy Malibu and the 2016 Nissan Altima. We’ve compared these two vehicles on all of the factors that matter most to drivers like you.

Safety and Warranty

Safety is a top priority for any driver. Both the Malibu and the Altima are well-appointed when it comes to safety technology and features. They both offer a full suite of frontal and side-impact airbags, antilock brakes, plastic fuel tanks, electronic stability control, and traction control. They each also offer top available safety technology, like rear cross-path warning, rearview cameras, blind spot and lane departure warning systems, and crash mitigating brakes. The Malibu does offer a key advantage over the Altima in terms of safety—standard OnStar connectivity that provides the driver with turn-by-turn navigation, live emergency response, and much more.

A great warranty is one of the reasons buyers are attracted to new cars in the first place. The Malibu has the edge on warranty. Chevy’s corrosion warranty is a full year longer than Nissan’s. You’ll also love that the Malibu includes all scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 24,000 miles at 4 times as many dealerships as the Altima.

Engine and Fuel Economy

Whether you’re looking for a fast, powerful engine or outstanding fuel economy, the Malibu has you covered. The Malibu’s upgraded 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine can go from zero to 60 MPH 1.7 seconds faster than the Altima’s 2.5L engine. The Malibu’s upgraded engine is also more powerful by 9 lb-ft of more torque than the Altima’s 3.5L DOHC V6 engine.

The Malibu’s fuel economy has a significant advantage in stop-and-go traffic with the 1.5L turbo engine’s start and stop feature which is not available on the Altima.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Comfort and functionality depend on space. The Malibu offers a .4 cubic foot larger trunk, as well as .1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, and 2 inches more legroom for your back seat passengers than the Altima.

Ergonomic Design

An enjoyable drive starts with smart cabin design. The Malibu offers several advantages over the Altima in terms of ergonomics. Here are a few features that the Malibu offers that the Altima does not:

  • Standard one-touch power on each window
  • Available memory seats
  • Child window locks that don’t lock out the driver
  • Available automatic dimming high beams
  • Available automated parking system
  • Available air conditioned seats

Cruise in the Malibu Today!

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