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2021 Chevrolet Malibu L FWD
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2021 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
No Expert Reviews
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
LS Sedan FWD
Kyree Rollerson Preview:

The Chevrolet Sonic, offered as both a hatchback and a sedan, occupies the same subcompact segment as the Honda Fit, Kia Rio, and Toyota Yaris. It continues into 2020 relatively unchan...

Specs

2021 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
LS Sedan FWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
29 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
36 MPG
34 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.8 gal 12.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
160 hp @ 5,700 RPM
138 hp @ 4,900 RPM
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
148 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
9.5:1
Displacement
1,500 cc
1,400 cc
Bore x Stroke
2.91 in x 3.4 in
2.85 in x 3.25 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Crash Overall 4 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 4 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 3 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard --
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.5 in 41.8 in
Back Legroom 38.1 in 34.6 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.7 cu ft 14.9 cu ft
Exterior
Length 194.2 in 173.9 in
Width 73 in 68.3 in
Height 57.9 in 59.7 in
Wheelbase 111.4 in 99.4 in

Available Options

2021 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White
2020 Chevrolet Sonic
LS Sedan FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Red Hot
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

Option Packages

  • LPO, 17" (43.2 CM) Painted Silver Wheels
  • LPO, 17" (43.2 CM) Painted White Wheels

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