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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Nissan Altima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
$518
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima
$461
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 Nissan Altima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $461 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Altima.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
very expensive
$461
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
11%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(87 Reviews)
(101 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
(9)
4 star
(58)
3 star
(20)
2 star
(9)
1 star
(2)

The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“I have only had mine for a copule of months, but i believe that it is a decent car at a fair price. Plenty of standard options and the mileage is exceptional. The paint does seem to damage easily t...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Chevrolet Malibu and the Nissan Altima are two midsize, four-door sedans. Both the Malibu and Altima come with front-wheel drive.

In both standard and optional engines, the Nissan Altima outdoes the Chevrolet Malibu. The Altima’s standard engine has 182 horsepower, more than the Malibu’s standard 160. In the optional engine department, the Altima’s 270 horsepower tops the Malibu’s 250-horsepower optional engine. The Malibu does offer an economical hybrid-powered version.

These two sedans are close in terms of interior space. The Malibu’s 102.9 cubic feet inside comes in just a bit ahead of the Altima’s 100.5 cubic feet. When you measure their trunks, the Malibu provides 15.8 cubic feet, a tiny bit more than the Altima’s 15.4. Both the Malibu and the Altima are spacious, with good-sized trunks. 

The choice between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Nissan Altima boils down mostly to personal preference. The Altima does offer more power across the board, but the Malibu lets you have a hybrid if you wish. Drive them both and see which one you prefer.


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