2016 Chevy Malibu vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata

The mid-size sedan class is a competitive one, and we've narrowed down the options to two of the most all-around impressive cars you could choose from: 2016 Chevy Malibu vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata is fresh from a model year 2015 redesign, while Chevy is currently heavily marketing the improvements made to the 2016 Malibu redesign.

Think mid-size sedans are all the same? While its true, due to intense competition, the distinctions can be small, they can certainly still convince you to choose one model over another. After all, with so many brands competing for your money, isn't it fun to have the freedom to shop around a bit?

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2016 Chevy Malibu vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata
1.5L turbo four-cylinder Base engine 2.4L four-cylinder
Front-wheel drive Drivetrain Front-wheel drive
31 mpg Combined fuel economy 30 mpg
38.1 inches Rear leg room 35.6 inches

2016 Hyundai Sonata is a strong contender in this class, to be sure. 2016 sees the Sonata's 5-inch standard touchscreen replaced by a bigger, 7-inch unit that makes selections more accurate; models with navigation are get destination search powered by Google. Additional standard 2016 Sonata features include 16-inch wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, Blue Link emergency telematics, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, six speakers and a USB port.

The 2016 Chevy Malibu's turbocharged four-cylinder engine helps the Malibu get better fuel economy than the Sonata. Additionally, Malibu gives rear passengers significantly more leg room -- even adults would be able to travel comfortably for an extended period. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, along with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, A/C, an adjustable steering wheel, cloth seating surfaces, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, OnStar emergency telematics, Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers. The still-reasonable Malibu LS adds 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, 4G LTE mobile Wifi, rearview camera and the MyLink infotainment system accessible via a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

And let's not forget good looks. 2016 Malibu has a sharper, sportier edge than the Hyundai Sonata, with a more muscle-y front end and intentional hood and side body creases that don't allow the Malibu to slide into rental-car territory. Contact us today for a free price quote or to schedule a test drive!

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