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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2020 Subaru WRX Review

New 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

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New 2020 Subaru WRX

2020 Subaru
WRX

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MSRP*
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$22,140 to $33,370
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$27,495 to $32,095
Invoice* $22,118 to $32,169 $25,925 to $30,170
MPG - City 22 - 29 21
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** **** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Subaru WRX. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Subaru WRX in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Chevrolet Malibu you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Malibu will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru WRX. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Malibu and the Subaru WRX have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Malibu is much wider than the Subaru WRX, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Chevrolet Malibu, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Subaru WRX.

Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Malibu has much less torque than the Subaru WRX, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has a larger turning radius than the Subaru WRX, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Subaru WRX. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Chevrolet Malibu will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Subaru WRX.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Malibu comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru WRX.