2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Hyundai Sonata

September 17th, 2018 by

Chevrolet Malibu for sale in Purcell, OK

Both the Malibu and the Sonata stand out as high quality, premium vehicles within the class of mid-size sedans. They both perform very well and rank among the top of the pack in their class for customer satisfaction. Figuring out which is the better choice may seem a daunting task though since both are great choices packed with a variety of features, but we believe you’ll find the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu for sale in Purcell, OK to be the best choice.

Make the Malibu Your Own

Both these sedans start with a basic trim that offers the minimum requirements. The various trim options available make it easy for drivers to choose the features they want. The package options available for both include many different variations for all individuals. The Malibu, however, offers a much wider variety of packages and customizations. The Sonata simply offers a tech package and cargo package. The Malibu, on the other hand, offers a convenience and tech package, appearance package, leather package, sports package, weather protection package, and many more.


The Sonata performs as expected with its basic 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but the Malibu has gone through some amazing improvements and upgrades concerning its drivability. Even the hybrid option on the Malibu provides excellent acceleration and power.

Both vehicles have lots of power and punch for speedy acceleration. Braking is also wonderful, with both the Malibu and Sonata performing very well in braking tests. When put through a panic test, both sedans were able to stop in about 115 feet from 60 mph. The Malibu came in a bit better in this test, stopping in just 113 feet while the Sonata made the stop in 118 feet.

Steering for both vehicles is very responsive and smooth at all speeds. The handling for both the Sonata and Malibu are great. There is more fun to be had driving the Malibu, though, as its sprightlier engine responds better to your movements.

Interior Comfort

Comfort levels in the Sonata and Malibu are both really good. The front seats on both sedans are very comfortable, with sufficient variations to support and provide comfort to drivers and passengers on long trips. The back seats are just as comfortable as well, for both adults and children alike. Sonata drivers do experience some jerkiness and bumping along uneven roads, but it is not overly uncomfortable. The Malibu, on the other hand, provides a smooth, comfortable ride no matter the road conditions. Both vehicles provide a quiet ride, without any excessive engine or wind noise. The optional ventilated seats and easy, effective climate control on both sedans keep the driver and passengers at a comfortable temperature.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Sonata and Malibu both have ample room, with the Malibu providing rear room that rivals the best in class. The rear room in the Sonata leaves something to be desired though. Control buttons and dials are easy to reach and understand for drivers of both vehicles. Getting in and out of either vehicle is quite easy, though rear-seat passengers in the Sonata may have to bend down a bit to get in or out easily.

The positioning of the driver’s seat and the steering wheel is great for both vehicles. The Malibu offers eight different positions for the driver’s seat, and both sedans have an adjustable telescoping steering wheel. The room available in both sedans is quite spacious. Cargo space is what one may expect for a car this size. Visibility for both sedans is as expected, with a convenient rearview camera helping make backing up easier. The quality of both vehicles is good, with the Malibu offering a particularly high-quality look and feel.


The technology offered in the Sonata is average for the class. Some individuals may be left wanting more, but the infotainment provides well enough if you’re looking for a basic vehicle. Usability of this interface is pretty good, responding well and executing tasks as expected. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available and work well on the Sonata.

The Malibu offers just a bit more, with an eight-inch MyLink touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, onboard WiFi, and a range of OnStar services.

The Sonata has reasonable audio and navigation, and usability is high. The buttons are easy to understand and operate, placed in a way that makes them easy for drivers to find and reach. Response time is also quite good. There is not anything exceptional about the Sonata’s audio system, which may disappoint many individuals expecting something a bit better from such a pricey vehicle.

The Malibu is equipped with the Chevy MyLink system, which is very quick and responsive. This system has large virtual buttons and a great layout. It is very easy to use and understand. Both sedans are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; however, the Malibu goes a bit further in its smartphone integration. The Malibu has up to four USB ports available as well as an auxiliary jack and Bluetooth capabilities.

Durability and Warranty

It is worth noting the warranty options available on both vehicles.

The Sonata offers a basic warranty and a drivetrain warranty. The basic is a five-year, sixty-thousand-mile warranty.

The Malibu has a bit more to offer here. The Malibu offers free maintenance, basic warranty, drivetrain warranty as well as a rust and roadside warranty. Free maintenance is for two years or twenty-four thousand miles. The basic is three years and thirty-six thousand miles. Both the drivetrain and roadside warranties are five years and sixty thousand miles, while the rust coverage is six years and one hundred thousand miles.

There is not much variation in price for these two vehicles. Both hover in the lower twenty thousands for price, depending on the various trim options and packages chosen of course.

Both vehicles are great; however, the Malibu has seen some amazing upgrades this year. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu definitely comes out at the front of the pack in mid-sized sedans and pips the Hyundai Sonata at the post.

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