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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2020 Volkswagen Passat Review

New 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

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New 2020 Volkswagen Passat

2020 Volkswagen
Passat

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MSRP*
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$22,140 to $33,370
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$22,995 to $31,095
Invoice* $22,118 to $32,169 $22,052 to $29,820
MPG - City 22 - 29 23
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** **** Not Tested

**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
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Chevrolet Malibu than in the Volkswagen Passat, due to the Chevrolet Malibu's smaller rear head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Passat in the front seats.

Convenience
The Volkswagen Passat requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Chevrolet Malibu, making it more convenient to drive.

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). The Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Passat. 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 Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Malibu is a little wider than the Volkswagen Passat, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Chevrolet Malibu takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Passat.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Chevrolet Malibu doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Passat.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Passat, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Chevrolet Malibu has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Passat, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Passat. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Chevrolet Malibu as you will in the Volkswagen Passat.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Malibu is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Passat.