Hyundai Elantra vs Chevy Malibu

If you’re in the market for a new car and you’re considering both the Hyundai Elantra and Chevy Malibu, we have one question for you: Do you want a bare-bones vehicle or a fully-loaded one? Basically, that’s the question you’re asking yourself when comparing these two vehicles. But let’s be a little more specific.

Check out this Hyundai Elantra vs Chevy Malibu comparison from the team at your local dealership near Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim. Then, schedule a test drive of your favorite model.

Top of the Line and Bottom of the Totem Pole

In comparing the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Malibu, we chose a specific trim level of each so they come to approximately the same price. That means we’re looking at the Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6T with automatic transmission and the Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan L with 1VL.

Major Differences between Convenience Features

When you’re comparing these two vehicles on the same playing field (MSRP), you see that there are some pretty substantial differences between them.

For starters, here are a few features to look for: vehicle anti-theft system, HID headlights, back-up camera, remote trunk release, intermittent wipers and variable speed wipers, heated mirrors, and driver and passenger illuminated visor mirrors.

All these features are available in the Hyundai Elantra but not in the comparably priced Chevy Malibu.

Discrepancies between Entertainment Features

Maybe convenience features aren’t important to you, but entertainment features are. Features you want to look for include auxiliary audio input, HD Radio, MP3 player compatibility, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and a wireless cell phone hookup.

All these features are included in the Hyundai Elantra, but aren’t available in the base trim level of the Chevy Malibu, which means you’ll miss out on some pretty great features if you go that route.

Power Differences between Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Malibu

The final piece of the puzzle when comparing these two vehicles is really the difference in performance. These two models specifically offer comparable engines from the outside.

The Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6T has a turbo I-4 engine that produces up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It has an automatic transmission with manual shift mode, which is super fun to drive.

The Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan L with 1VL is powered by a 1.5L engine that produces only 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Considering the vehicle is also larger than its competitor, that’s a pretty significant difference between power capability.

Test Drive Your Favorite at Your Local Dealership

When you’re ready to get serious about buying a new car, stop into your local dealership near Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim. Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore of Cerritos has a huge selection of vehicles to choose from, including the Hyundai Elantra. Start shopping online now, then schedule a test drive .

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
  • Notice at Collection of Personal Information
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.