2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2016 Honda Accord

2016 Chevy Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

 

Drivers shopping for a new car are likely to find themselves comparing two popular models like the 2016 Chevy Malibu vs. the 2016 Honda Accord as they consider which vehicle to take home and make their own.

Between the Malibu and the Accord, which nameplate offers the best value, the most powerful performance, and the most amenities for the money? Keep reading, and we’ll compare these cars side by side.

Money Matters

Price is one of the very first things drivers consider when shopping for a new car. When it comes to cost, the Malibu is priced below the Accord at all trim levels.

The 2016 Malibu lineup includes the following trim levels and prices:

  • Chevy Malibu L, with MSRP starting at $21,625
  • Chevy Malibu LS, with MSRP starting at $23,120
  • Chevy Malibu 1LT, with MSRP starting at $25,020
  • Chevy Malibu 2LT, with MSRP starting at $28,620
  • Chevy Malibu Premier, with MSRP starting at $30,920

The Accord Sedan lineup comprises the following trim levels and prices:

  • Accord Sedan LX, with MSRP beginning at $22,205
  • Accord Sedan Sport, with MSRP beginning at $24,265
  • Accord Sedan EX, with MSRP beginning at $25,580
  • Accord Sedan EX-L, with MSRP beginning at $28,670
  • Accord Sedan EX-L V-6, with MSRP beginning at $30,745
  • Accord Sedan Touring, with MSRP beginning at $34,680
2016 Chevy Malibu

Performance Points

A look under the hood reveals more powerful engines onboard the Malibu compared to the Accord Sedan.

The Malibu’s 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 184 lb-ft of torque, while the comparable engine in the Accord Sedan, a 2.4L DOHC four-cylinder, generates just 181 lb-ft of torque and 182 lb-ft of torque in the Accord Sedan Sport model.

The Malibu’s 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 260 lb-ft of torque, while the Accord Sedan’s comparable 3.5L SOHC V6 engine, offered in the Accord Sedan EX-L V-6 and Touring trims, generates 252 lb-ft of torque.

The Malibu additionally offers more stable handling and a smoother ride, thanks to its 111.4-inch wheelbase, which is 2.1 inches longer than the Accord Sedan’s 109.3-inch wheelbase.

The efficiency of the Malibu’s 1.5L turbo engine is boosted by Stop/Start technology, which cuts the car’s engine when the Malibu is stopped and automatically restarts it when the driver is ready to move again, thereby reducing fuel consumption and pollution. A Stop/Start system is not offered in the Accord models.

2016 Chevy Malibu

Amenity Offerings

The Malibu also offers various features that the Accord Sedan models do not.

The Malibu is the first vehicle in the automotive industry to offer the available Teen Driver technology, which encourages safe motoring habits in teens and also enables parents to keep track of their teens’ performance behind the wheel. This feature is not available in the Accord Sedan models.

The Malibu Premier trim features standard air-conditioned seats for the driver and front passenger to help keep them comfortable during hot summer months, which is a feature not found on any of the Accord Sedan trims.

The Malibu Premier also features a heated steering wheel for added comfort during cold weather – another feature not found in the Accord Sedan models.

Both the Malibu and the Accord Sedan offer child safety locks; however, the driver can still operate all of the car’s windows when the Malibu’s child safety lock is activated, such as rolling a child’s window back up while the child is prevented from further operating the window. When the Accord Sedan’s child safety lock is engaged, the child isn’t the only one prevented from operating the windows—the driver is, too.

All of the Malibu’s side windows, front and back, feature Express-Down, allowing the driver and passengers to open them with just one touch. The standard passenger windows in the Accord Sedan models don’t have a one-touch operation feature, and in the Accord Sedan EX, EX-L, and Touring models, the rear power windows do not include a one-touch feature.

The Malibu models, with the exception of the L and LS trims, feature an available 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, which is a feature not offered in the Accord Sedan models.

The Malibu Premier trims further offer an available Semi-Automatic Parking Assist that can parallel park or back into a parking space all on its own, with only a driver input of speed control via the brake. An automated parking system is not offered in the Accord models.

2016 Chevy Malibu Interior

Hit the Road

Drivers can further explore the exceptional 2016 Chevy Malibu at Biggers Chevy. Visit or contact us today to learn more about the impressive Malibu and to take it for a test drive.