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Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Malibu

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Explorer

$722
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Malibu

$518
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Explorer Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $722 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$722
inexpensive
expensive
$518
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.46
not often
very often
0.34
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (9)
4 (70)
3 (44)
2 (15)
1 (5)
The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
67% of reviewers would recommend this car.
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bauer edition and it was so reliable, it was a workhorse. When it first came out, big SUVs weren't aro...”
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bau...”
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”
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