2019 Chevy Malibu vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

2019 Chevy Malibu vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata

When you start researching the options for affordable, midsize sedans, you are going to be led straight to the 2019 Chevy Malibu and the 2019 Hyundai Sonata. These are some of the best sedans on the market. They are gorgeous cars with roomy interiors, great features, and impressive performance. Plus, they both come at an attractive price point that will make fitting them into the budget easy.

Deciding between these two great sedans may prove difficult since they both have so much to offer. Take a closer look at how the two compare to get the details that will help you make the right decision:

Exterior Comparison

The 2019 Chevy Malibu and the 2019 Hyundai Sonata have very similar exterior designs. They have a smooth, sophisticated look that you’ll enjoy whether you are going out for a night on the town or you are driving to a business retreat. You’ll love showing off either of these two great sedans.

There are small differences between the Chevy Malibu and the Hyundai Sonata, but the overall impression you’ll get is that the Chevy Malibu is a more substantial looking vehicle. The front end is thicker and taller, giving it a more muscular look. The grille stretches to take up all the space in the front, making it look like every inch of the design has been carefully planned. The headlights are thin and stretched, giving more real estate to the body and the other accents. A thin, chrome bar stretches across the grille, providing an elegant touch.

Overall, the Chevy Malibu feels like a more luxurious vehicle. It has a confident look that is sure to turn heads wherever you drive.

Interior and Technology

The 2019 Chevy Malibu continues to edge ahead of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata when you look to the interior. The interior design has a more upscale look, and the materials look like they are higher quality. You and your passengers will have plenty of leg room and head room, and the seats offer a comfy ride for everyone.

Besides having room to stretch, you’ll also enjoy some fun convenience features in the all-new Chevy Malibu. The infotainment system is displayed on a large, 8-inch touchscreen, which is mounted right in the center of the dash for easy reach. However, the system also has voice controls, so you can easily do what you need to do without taking your hands off the steering wheel or your eyes off the road. The system includes six speakers, three USB ports, Bluetooth capability, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an auxiliary jack. You’ll be able to enjoy playing and charging your smart devices and listening to all the music you love.

The Malibu also has a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot to ensure you stay connected wherever you go, push-button start, a proximity key, OnStar services, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a backup camera. You can get even more features by upgrading your trim level, including luxury options like heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a power sunroof.

You’ll get some of these options on the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, but you’ll likely find yourself wanting for more. The infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice controls, but you aren’t going to find advanced features or a premium system. You definitely won’t get the wi-fi hotspot or the advanced safety features. If you want any of those, you’ll need to upgrade your trim level, and even then, the options will be limited.

Overall, the interior on the Hyundai Sonata isn’t as nice as what you’ll find in the Chevy Malibu, but it’s adequate. You aren’t going to fall in love with the interior, but you aren’t likely to hate it either. And shouldn’t you feel more excited about a new car?

Base Performance

Most sedans are going to offer you good handling and fuel economy, and the Chevy Malibu and the Hyundai Sonata deliver here.

The base model 2019 Chevy Malibu comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 163 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The continuously variable transmission makes the drive a smooth one, and you’ll find yourself going long distances before you have to stop and fill up. The Malibu gets an estimated 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata comes standard with a 2.4-liter Inline 4 engine that puts out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. That’s right on par with what the Malibu offers. The transmission is a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic, and the fuel economy is 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. You get slightly more power in the engine, but you lose a bit on fuel economy, which can add up over time.

Both the Malibu and the Sonata offer engine upgrades if you want to move up the trim level to get more power or better fuel economy. But you’ll find that you enjoy driving the base models of both.

Which is Right for You?

The 2019 Chevy Malibu starts at just $22,090, and the 2019 Hyundai Sonata starts at $22,500. The pricing difference is not that great, but we’re confident that you’ll find the difference in quality between these two sedans is much larger. The 2019 Chevy Malibu is the superior choice, in terms of styling, comfort, available features, and performance. You get everything you’d want in a sedan in one great package in the Chevy Malibu.

Visit us today to take a test drive of the new Malibu to find out for yourself what makes it so special. This isn’t your usual, run-of-the-mill sedan. This is a luxurious looking vehicle that will make you feel like a king on the road. Yet you don’t have to have the budget of a king to afford it. Talk to one of our financing specialists while you’re here to learn about offers that can lower your monthly payment and help you drive home with your new Malibu today.