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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Hyundai Sonata

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

$518
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Hyundai Sonata

$438
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 Hyundai Sonata Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $438 which means it has excellent ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Sonata.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
expensive
$438
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.34
not often
very often
0.36
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
9%
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
(15)
4
(29)
3
(17)
2
(5)
1
(0)
The Hyundai Sonata ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.
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Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Malibu and the Hyundai Sonata are two cars in the midsize, four-door sedan category. Both of these cars come with front-wheel drive. 

The Chevrolet Malibu’s standard engine has 160 horsepower, while the Hyundai Sonata’s standard engine significantly tops it with 185. The Malibu has an optional engine with 250 horsepower, just slightly more than the Sonata’s 245-horsepower option. Both the Malibu and the Sonata offer a hybrid version. The Sonata also offers a plug-in hybrid version, which has up to 27 miles of all-electric range.

The Chevrolet Malibu comes up short in terms of interior space. The Malibu comes with 102.9 cubic feet  of space inside the cabin, but the Sonata tops it handily with 106.1. In the trunk, the Malibu’s 15.8 cubic feet is a bit smaller than the Sonata’s 16.3 cubic feet. Advantage Sonata.

The bottom line here is that the Hyundai Sonata offers more standard horsepower, more interior space, a bigger trunk and the option of plug-in hybrid power. One more advantage provided by the Sonata is the security of Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Hyundai Sonata is the clear winner of this comparison.

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