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What Are the Differences Between the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu?

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The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu are two popular passenger cars for drivers who value the latest technology, comfortable interior, and efficiency. Discover what makes each model unique to determine which one you should take home.


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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2018 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

Dimensions

The Cruze boasts a body length of 183.7 inches, which is significantly shorter than its Malibu sibling, which extends a length of 193.8 inches. Rear legroom in the Cruze is just 36.1 inches, while the Malibu yields two more inches (38.1), to furnish backseat riders with a little more comfort.

Trunk volume is 15.8 cubic feet in the Malibu, a standard dimension for a mid-size car. The Cruze, on the other hand, offers more flexible room for possessions. The sedan version yields 22.7 cubic feet with the rear seat up, and 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seat collapsed. The hatchback yields 7 more cubic feet than the sedan configuration.

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Performance

The base trim of the Cruze sedan achieves the better efficiency, supplying an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined, however it delivers less energy than the Malibu, achieving 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The base trim of the Malibu gets a combined mpg of 30, which is still notably efficiency, while dishing out a bit more potency — 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

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Chicago Auto Show - 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Premier

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Features

Even from the base trim, the Malibu offers a wider range of features than the Cruze. The Malibu includes the following standard perks: MP3 capability, cruise control, carpeted front and back floor mats, USB ports, and a proximity key. The Cruze lacks these thoughtful amenities.

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Price

The Cruze is the more affordable choice, given its base MSRP of $16,975. The Malibu comes with a starting MSRP of $21,680, which is still competent for a mid-size sedan.

Conclusion: If you value efficiency, affordability, and versatile storage space, the compact Cruze should serve you well. However, if you crave more engine potency, standard features, and a bit more passenger volume, then go with the Malibu.

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