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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

$518
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Accord

$375
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
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.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Accord Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $375 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Accord is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
expensive
$375
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.34
not often
very often
0.35
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(4)
4
(28)
3
(26)
2
(25)
1
(5)
The Chevrolet Malibu ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.
“Great car for commuters”
“Great car for commuters”
5
(29)
4
(96)
3
(62)
2
(29)
1
(8)
The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, I have a vehicle that runs reasonably well despite me turning a bl...”
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about mai...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Malibu and the Honda Accord are both midsize, four-door sedans. Each comes with front-wheel drive.

Comparing the power outputs of the Chevrolet Malibu and the Honda Accord, the Malibu’s standard 160-horsepower engine comes up short against the Accord’s 192 standard horsepower. Their optional engines are more evenly matched: The Malibu’s has 250 horsepower, while Accord’s comes in with 252 horsepower. Both cars also offer a fuel-sipping hybrid version.

These two cars are nearly identical in terms of interior space. The Malibu has 102.9 cubic feet of passenger space, while the Accord comes in with 102.7 cubic feet. In trunk space, the Malibu’s 15.8 cubic feet is slightly smaller than the 16.7 cubic feet provided by the Accord.

For the latest driver assistance technologies, the Chevrolet Malibu trails behind the Honda Accord. The Honda offers adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist as standard equipment. In the Malibu, these features are unavailable on lower trim levels, and are optional extras on middle and top trim levels. No contest here, the Accord wins.

For more standard power, a larger trunk, superior safety technologies and a better driving experience overall, the Honda Accord comes out way ahead of the Chevrolet Malibu.

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