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Difference Between Honda Accord and Chevy Malibu

chevy-malibuHonda Accord vs. Chevy Malibu

For over three decades, the Honda Accord has held the lofty status as the benchmark for automotive engineering, particularly in the midsize sedan category. However, things have changed as of late, and the competition has finally learned and caught up with the Accord in terms of overall product quality, and in getting a share of the hotly contested market.

This is so true with the Chevrolet Malibu, which has recently won the 2009 North American Car of the Year award. Being a midsize sedan like the Honda Accord, we take a look at what these two cars really have to offer to the driving public, and we start with their base models to level the playing field.

First up is the Honda Accord LX, which has a 2.4L inline-4, that produces 177 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of a combined 25 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this model is $21,765.

The Chevrolet Malibu LT, on the other hand, costs $21,825 and for that you get a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, as the standard engine, which achieves a combined 25mpg fuel efficiency rating. A total of 169 horsepower is delivered at 6400rpm, via a standard 4-speed automatic transmission, with overdrive. Although, a 6-speed automatic gearbox on a 252-bhp 3.6-liter V-6 is available, if you upgrade to the LT and LTZ trims.

Speaking of trims, the Chevrolet Malibu lineup consists of four trim models to choose from: The base LS, the midrange LT1 and LT2, and the luxury-packed LTZ. The Honda Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.

It must be noted though, that things do get a bit more upscale, more competitive and pricier as you go up the different trim levels, and it may seem as if choosing between these two vehicles is quite a daunting task.

The only similarity that can be found for both vehicles, is that both offer 4-wheel ABS on ventilated disc brakes, front wheel drive, and have 2.4L I-$ power plants. In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX comes out in a slightly trimmer 3230 lbs. supported by 16-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in 215/60 All-Season tires, while the Malibu comes in at a slightly heavier 3415 lbs. thus the 215/55 sized tires on 17-inch rims.

One must remember though, that all these numbers and data for both cars mean nothing when it comes to creature comforts, ride quality and reputation. This comparison is by all means a toss up if one was to choose. So, whatever vehicle the buyer ends up with at the end of the day, it will be one good car.

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