Midsize sedans like the Hyundai Sonata and Chevrolet Malibu are attractive options for everyone from families to commuters. They're stylish, comfortable, and have the kind of safety features you can trust. So, which one is right for you?

Maguire Hyundai put this Hyundai Sonata vs. Chevy Malibu comparison together to help drivers in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre decide.

Hyundai Sonata vs Chevy Malibu Specs

The Hyundai Sonata offers a smooth and sporty ride in a stylish midsize sedan. It runs on a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that delivers an athletic output with up to 185 horsepower. To manage that performance, you'll have a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®.

The Chevy Malibu also offers a relaxing ride but doesn't feature the same kind of performance. Its base powertrain is a smaller 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine that can only muster 160 horsepower. It's also not as fun to drive with its Continuously Variable Transmission.

Interior Dimensions

Both the Hyundai Sonata and Chevy Malibu offer seating for up to five people. The Hyundai delivers a more comfortable ride, though, with 106.1 cubic feet of passenger space throughout the interior. The cabin of the Malibu is slightly more cramped with just 102.9 cubic feet of space.

Taller drivers and copilots will feel the biggest difference. When you're behind the wheel or riding shotgun in the Hyundai Sonata, you'll have 40.4 inches of headroom and 45.5 inches of legroom. The Chevy doesn't give you as much room to stretch out with just 39.1 inches of headroom and only 41.5 inches of front legroom.

The extra space continues into the trunk too. The Hyundai Sonata has more room for your things with 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room. The Chevy's cargo hold gets full faster with only 15.7 cubic feet of cargo room.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

The Hyundai Sonata is also focused on keeping you safe. It was designed with an energy-absorbing steering column, as well as front and rear crumple zones. These design features redirect the force from a collision away from the interior.

Inside, you'll be surrounded by seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag and side-curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats. You'll also have lots of driver-assistance features watching out for you.

Some of the technology that can help prevent accidents are:

  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Headlights with Dynamic Bending Light technology

For its well-designed frame, airbag system, and driver-assistance features, the Hyundai Sonata was named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Chevy Malibu also has an advanced airbag system and offers impressive driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, without any of sort of crumple zones, it wasn't able to earn the same safety award from the IIHS.

Test Drive a Midsize Sedan

Visit Maguire Hyundai to learn more about this Hyundai Sonata vs. Chevy Malibu comparison and test drive the Hyundai Sonata. It offers families and drivers in Ithaca, Vestal, and Sayre a safe, comfortable, and fun drive in a stylish midsize sedan.

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