2018 Chevy Cruze vs. 2018 Chevy Malibu: Head to Head

2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
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Cruze vs. Malibu: Which Chevy Sedan Is Right for You?

Like millions of others this fall, you may find yourself shopping for a compact or midsize sedan. And like thousands of others, that shopping could include a Chevrolet showroom, where you’ll find Chevy’s compact Cruze overlapping – in both price point and intent – with the midsize Chevrolet Malibu. Unlike what GM’s bowtie brand was offering even a decade ago, both the Cruze and Malibu compete effectively in their respective segments. What we hope to demonstrate are the ways in which they compete in this intramural skirmish.

As you’d guess, compact is smaller than midsize, the Cruze’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is less responsive than the Malibu’s (optional) turbocharged 2.0-liter four, and the availability of a turbodiesel four in the Cruze represents a bright spot for those wanting to maximize mileage without the complexity of a hybrid powertrain. And for those not bothered by a hybrid’s complexity, the Malibu is offered with a hybrid drivetrain. Neither the Cruze nor the Malibu can be described as utilitarian, but the Cruze offers a viable alternative to a crossover with its hatchback variant.

In the following slides, we compare the Cruze and Malibu based on the characteristics that buyers care about most, using U.S. News scoring and reviews. Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available, so the scores in this slideshow might not match the scores in our new car rankings.

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