Chevrolet Malibu vs. Honda Accord

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - February 6, 2019

Mid-size sedans are no longer boring appliances that deliver your body to work each day. With sportier and more feature-packed rides like the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu on the market, these four-door family vehicles offer so much more. But which legend of this class, the Malibu or Accord, is the best buy? Continue reading to find out.

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What the Malibu Gets Right

The Chevy Malibu kicks things off with a $22,965 base MSRP (destination fees included) for the 2019 model year, which is $1,675 less than the base 2019 Accord. Sure, this isn't a ton of cash, but every dollar counts in this hotly contested segment. And at this price, the Malibu boasts a sleeker and sportier look than the Accord, making it more desirable for the younger crowd.

In its base L trim level, the Malibu boasts a bit more technology than the Accord. These include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Accord offers all three features, but they don't enter the picture until the pricier EX trim level. This adds value for the more tech-focused younger buyer.

What the Accord Gets Right

While the Malibu looks great, the Honda Accord’s design is more elegant and gives off a premium vibe. This is evident inside where the horizontal accents on the dash visually widen the cabin and the “floating” infotainment screen adds an extra touch of class.

Under its hood, the Accord wins every competition. Its base 1.5-liter engine pumps out 192 horsepower, beating the Malibu’s base engine by 29. The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers 252 hp, beating the Malibu Premier’s 2.0-liter by two. The Accord also trumps the Malibu in fuel economy, with up to 30 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 combined, according to the EPA.

Finally, the Honda Accord is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its "Good" crash-test scores and "Superior" front-crash avoidance with the standard automatic emergency braking. Also standard are adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more. The Malibu has some of the same active safety tech features, but they're only available as extra-cost options on the pricey LT and Premier trims.

Feel Young at Heart in the Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu cannot hang with the mighty Accord, but all hope isn't lost. First, its lower base price will entice budget-focused buyers. Add to that lower price its extra standard tech, like the 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and you have a sedan that's perfect for younger – or young-at-heart – buyers.

Verdict: Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a leader in sales every year for good reason. Though it may be more expensive than the Chevy Malibu, its unmatched crash-test safety, loads of standard advanced safety equipment, elegant body, and more powerful engines push it over the top in this competition.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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