2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata


The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Hyundai Sonata should be at the top of your list if you’re a savvy Chicagoland shopper in search of a midsize sedan right now. They might both look nice, come with some important features, and promise big fuel economy and performance, but you’d be wrong to think they were equal. Just read on to see how these two models really compare.

Fuel Economy

The standard Malibu starts with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that offers EPA estimated fuel economy of up to 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway thanks to smart engine design and an engine start-stop system that turns off your engine when stopped to save fuel. The Hyundai Sonata in the basic Sport trim will only return an EPA estimated 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway based on EPA estimates.


When it comes to power output, the Malibu is on top again, even with the superior fuel economy estimates. That should tell you something about how the engineering in these two cars really compare. The base Malibu makes 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque with its 2.5L four-cylinder engine, while the four-cylinder powered Malibu will only make 185 hp and 78 lb-ft of torque. If you upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder in the Malibu you’ll have 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque on tap, while the upgraded Sonata will only offer 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

While you can bet that you’ll be covered for years to come by the warranty that comes with both of these sedans, there’s one big difference. The Chevy Malibu comes with two years of included maintenance—a huge perk—and the Sonata doesn’t offer any maintenance coverage. That means you’re paying for every oil change, tire rotation, and more, for two years—that’s two years of maintenance that would be free with the Malibu.


All models of the Malibu come standard with the OnStar telematics system that offers automatic collision notification, enhanced roadside assistance, and more. The latest OnStar system comes standard with a 4G LTE wireless connectivity with in-car WiFi hotspot. You won’t find that in the Sonata.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates both of these models as Top Safety Picks. That’s good, but the Malibu earned the best possible Good score in the small front overlap crash test, while the Sonata only received the second best Acceptable rating.

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You can find the latest Chevy Malibu right now here at 5333 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago, IL at Mike Anderson Chevrolet. Come visit us today to find out more about this class-leading midsize sedan!