Malibu vs. Camry: Which Midsize Sedan Should You Choose?

According to carsMalibu.com, the midsize sedan is the biggest selling segment in the US car market. It’s certainly not a popularity contest when everyone has their own purpose for a midsize sedan: from the baby’s car seat, to the teenager’s move to college, to a simple trip to the city. So how are you supposed to choose when you may need a more technology-savvy vehicle and your neighbor would just like a midsize sedan with a little more power? We’ll show you how the Toyota Camry and the Chevrolet Malibu stack up according to price, power, dimensions, exterior, interior, safety, fuel, and warranty.

2015 Chevrolet Malibu
1LT FWD
2014 Toyota Camry
4DR SDN AUTO SE SPORT
Price
Better Value w/ More Features
MSRP
$23,735
$24,525
Freight Charge
$825
$860
MSRP + Freight Charge
$24,560
$25,385
Powertrain 
More Horsepower &     Torque
Standard
Gas I4
Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement
2.5L/150
2.5 L/152
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower @ RPM
196 @ 6300
178 @ 6000
Torque @ RPM
191 @ 4400
170 @ 4100
Fuel Injection
Direct Injection
Sequential MPI
4-Wheel ABS
 Yes  Yes
Dimensions
Roomier
Overall Width (In.)
73.0
71.7
Wheelbase (In.)
107.8
109.3
Overall Height (In.)
57.6
57.9
Front Head Room (In.)
39.0
37.9
Exterior
Daytime Running Lamps
 Yes Yes
Remote Keyless Start
 —  Additional
Power Door Locks
 Yes Yes
Keyless Entry
 Yes  Yes
Power Driver Side Mirror
 Yes  Yes
Interior
Driver Airbag
 Yes Yes
Passenger Airbag
 Yes Yes
Passenger Airbag Sensor
Yes Yes
Thorax Side Impact
 Yes Yes
Head Curtain Side Impact
 Yes Yes
Safety
OnStar Directions and Connections w/ 6-Months Included
4-Wheel ABS
 Yes Yes
Driver Airbag
Yes Yes
Passenger Airbag
Yes Yes
Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Yes
Tire Pressure Monitor
 Yes Yes
Traction Control System
 Yes Yes
Electronic Stability Control System
 Yes Yes
Telematics
Yes
Fuel
Larger Fuel Tank Capacity
EPA Est Fuel Economy City
25 (2014)
25.0
EPA Est Fuel Economy Hwy
36 (2014)
35.0
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5
17.0
Warranty
Considerably Longer Warranty (Miles & Years)
Bumper-To-Bumper Limited Warranty (Miles)
36,000
36,000
Bumper-To-Bumper Limited Warranty (Years)
3
3
Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty (Miles)
100,000
60,000
Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty (Years)
5
5
Roadside Assistance Program (Miles)
100,000
25,000
Roadside Assistance Program (Years)
5
2
Maintenance Warranty (Years)
2
2

Thank you Chevrolet.com for the comparison chart.

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