2018 Chevrolet Impala vs 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Impala

  • Standard Engine2.5L Inline-4
  • Horsepower197 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *22 / 30
  • Seats5

Chevrolet Malibu

  • Standard Engine1.5L Inline-4
  • Horsepower160 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *27 / 36
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance


Performance, appearance, and features are three categories that almost everyone can agree upon as being the most important factors when shopping for a vehicle. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Malibu are both classic sedans with a long history. The Impala has been around since 1958 and the Malibu since 1964. They have undergone many changes and advances in technology over the years. They are both considered reliable cars that have remained perennial favorites.

When it comes to performance, the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala are built for those that have a passion for driving. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu comes with a 1.5 L or 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Chevrolet Impala comes with either a 2.5L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine or 3.6L V6 engine. Of course, you will pay for the power of the V6 engine. The Chevrolet Malibu offers better fuel efficiency with 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala gets 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu also features feedback on your driving habits to help you get even more fuel efficiency from your ride.


In terms of appearance, both have impressive style. The Impala is larger and has slightly more room on the inside. It also features sportier lines and details. The Malibu is a little more conservative. The Chevrolet Malibu is considered a midsize sedan while the Impala is considered a full-size sedan, but there is not much difference between the two. Both can seat five passengers comfortably. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala has approximately 3 cubic feet more space than the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. The Impala also has a larger trunk than the Chevrolet Malibu.


When it comes to features, both cars offer similar features. Every model, except for the Malibu’s base model, offers MyLink infotainment, Wireless Connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration.

Both cars have five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the safest category. They both offer active safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and a rear vision camera. However, the Malibu also has Front/Rear Park Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert for backing out of parking spaces and a sensor that reminds you to check the back seat before closing the doors. The Chevrolet Malibu also offers a Teen Driver system and 360 degree camera, the Chevrolet Impala does not offer these additional features.

When it comes to a choice between the Chevrolet Impala and the Chevrolet Malibu, both are outstanding choices for a sedan. The Chevrolet Impala is a little roomier, offers a little more power, and has a sportier design. The Chevrolet Malibu offers more family-friendly features and amenities to make it more economical.

Be sure to stop by Reliable Chevy in Richardson, Texas to take them both for a test drive.

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All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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