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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
$518
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord
$375
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

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.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
very expensive
$375
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
12%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(87 Reviews)
(226 Reviews)
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.

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“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...”

Rating Details
5 star
(29)
4 star
(95)
3 star
(62)
2 star
(29)
1 star
(8)

The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“Car is as reliable as it gets, but not perfect. The power steering pump, resurfacing the front rotors, and front wheel bearing, 1 o2 sensor, and air intake hose in 14 years of ownership. excellent ...”

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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