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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Toyota Camry

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Malibu

$518
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota Camry

$381
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 Toyota Camry Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $381 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Camry is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$518
inexpensive
expensive
$381
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.34
not often
very often
0.25
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
(42)
4
(131)
3
(70)
2
(18)
1
(4)
The Toyota Camry ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in suspension.
“I've only had to paid for tires and scheduled maintenances since I've owned it! Very practical, with plenty of interior space and a large trunk, for a midsize car. One of the most reliable vihicles...”
“I've only had to paid for tires and scheduled maintenances since I've owned it! Very practical, w...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

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

In both standard and optional engines, the Chevrolet Malibu comes up short when compared to the Toyota Camry. The Malibu’s 160 standard horsepower is well behind the Camry’s standard 203 horsepower. The Malibu’s optional 250-horsepower engine also loses when matched up with the Camry’s powerful 301-horsepower top engine. For green-minded consumers, both the Malibu and the Camry offer a fuel-saving hybrid version.

In interior space and trunk room, the Chevrolet Malibu beats the Toyota Camry by a small margin. The Malibu offers 102.9 cubic feet of passenger space, compared to 100.4 cubic feet for the Camry. In the trunk, you get 15.8 cubic feet in the Malibu, slightly more than the Camry’s 14.1 cubic feet.

The Camry offers more in terms of driver assistance features. It has pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control as standard equipment on all trim levels. The Malibu offers none of these on lower trims, and puts them in option packages that cost extra on midlevel and top trims.

The Toyota Camry wins on power and safety, while the Chevrolet Malibu gives you a bit more space. Which would you rather have?

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