2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Chevy Malibu

2018 Honda Accord in red & 2018 Chevy Malibu in white

The 2018 model year has proven to be a good one for the midsize sedan segment. A number of automakers have been updating flagship sedans with redesigns and upgrades including Toyota, Kia, and, of course, Honda. The 2018 Honda Accord has been redesigned from the ground up with today's drivers in mind. Drivers want to see just what this model has to offer, and how it compares to other sedans in the market. Today we'll be looking at a comparison of two well-loved models in the American market, the 2018 Honda Accord vs the 2018 Chevy Malibu.

Both of these models maintain a high amount of options across their lineups. The 20i8 Chevy Malibu is available in four trim levels. The Honda Accord offers a more versatile lineup for the 2018 model year, with six available trim levels. Each trim level comes complete with a wide set of standard features and plenty of room for customization with available features, packages, and accessories. Further, both models also offer two engine options. These include a 1.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine and a 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder engine, as well.

2018 Accord


2018 Malibu

CVT, Manual, Automatic Available Transmission Options Automatic

1.5L 4-cylinder & 2.0L 4-cylinder

Available Engine Options

1.5L 4-cylinder & 2.0L 4-cylinder

192 hp & 192 lb-ft of torque

1.5L Engine Output 160 hp & 184 lb-ft of torque

252 hp & 273 lb-ft of torque

2.0L Engine Output

250 hp & 260 lb-ft of torque


2018 Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu specs, features

As you can see in the chart above, both of these midsize sedan models feature similar components and a range of choices for their drivers. Both the Accord and the Malibu feature a standard turbocharged 1.5L engine, along with an available turbocharged 2.0L engine option for an upgrade.

As far as engine output, The 2018 Honda Accord's two available engine options beat the 2018 Chevy Malibu's. The Accord's 1.5L 4-cylinder engine offers over 30 more horsepower than the Malibu's. The turbocharged 2.0L engine options offer more similar horsepower and power secs, but the 2018 Honda Accord still comes out ahead. Furthermore, Drivers will have their choice of three available transmission options to pair with their powerful engine option. The 2018 Accord lineup features a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a six-speed manual transmission, or a ten-speed automatic transmission. There is only one automatic transmission option available ion the Chevy Malibu's lineup for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Honda Accord also features the Honda Sensing™ suite of driver assistance features. Some of the active safety features in this set include:

  • Collision Mitigating Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning
  • ... and so much more!

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