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Chevrolet Impala vs. Chevrolet Malibu

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chevrolet Impala
$534
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
$518
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Chevrolet Impala Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 12 for fullsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $534 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, the number of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Impala.

Above Average

The Chevrolet Malibu Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 13th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $518 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Malibu.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$534
inexpensive
very expensive
$518
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
13%
minor issues
major issues
12%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(71 Reviews)
(87 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(5)
4 star
(34)
3 star
(27)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(0)

The Chevrolet Impala ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“I had nothing but constant problems with my vehicle. I purchased in it 2011. Got rid of it in 2015 4 years later. 1000 invested but continued problems. oil pressure sensor failed, car stuck in park...”

Rating Details
5 star
(2)
4 star
(27)
3 star
(26)
2 star
(25)
1 star
(5)

The Chevrolet Malibu ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“The reason the check the gas cap light keeps coming on or why the car smells like gas is because the fuel pressure line is probably leaking gas but only when the key is on n when u fix that issue t...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Impala and the Chevrolet Malibu are two different sizes of four-door sedans. The Impala is a full-size sedan, while the Malibu is a midsize sedan. Both come with front-wheel drive.

There are some variations in the engines available in these two vehicles. The larger Chevrolet Impala has a standard engine with 197 horsepower, with options up to 305. The smaller Chevrolet Malibu starts with 160 horsepower, with options for up to 250, including a hybrid version. 

As you would expect, there is a difference in interior space between the Chevrolet Impala and the Chevrolet Malibu. The Impala gives you 105 cubic feet of interior volume and 18.8 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The Malibu provides 102.9 cubic feet of interior space and 15.8 cubic feet in the trunk. The Impala has a bit more interior space than the Malibu, plus a trunk that’s about 20% larger. 

Deciding between the Impala and the Malibu boils down to trunk space and style. These two vehicles are very close in interior space. But if you need a huge trunk, you prefer the Impala’s looks and you’re willing to more money for it, the Impala is for you. If you can be satisfied with almost as much, for a much lower price, the Malibu is clearly the value leader in this comparison.

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