2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Chevy Malibu
2016 Honda Accord 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
185 horsepower 4-cylinder or 278 horsepower V-6 Engine Options 160 horsepower 4-cylinder or 250 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder
IIHS Top Safety Pick + Safety Rating IIHS Top Safety Pick
27 MPG city, 37 MPG highway (with base engine) EPA-Estimated Gas Mileage [1] 27 MPG city, 37 MPG highway (with base engine)
Standard Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control Available (Premier only)

2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Chevy Malibu standard features

The 2016 Honda Accord and the 2016 Chevy Malibu are, hands-down, two of the best midsize cars on the market. So if you're having a very hard time deciding which one to buy, you're definitely not alone. It's a difficult comparison to make, because both cars are so excellent. Efficiency? Both cars are capable of getting up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway. [1] Technology? Both the 2016 Accord and the 2016 Chevy Malibu offer Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, available navigation systems, and a wide selection of advanced active safety gear.  

We could go on. The point is, both cars have a lot to offer. So, what are the most important differences for buyers to keep in mind? Let's get into the details. 

[1] Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Performance, Safety, Features

Both cars offer two different engine options: the Chevy Malibu comes with either a 160-horsepower 4-cylinder or a 250-horsepower turbocharged version, while the Honda Accord offers either a 185-horsepower 4-cylinder or a 278-horsepower V-6. The Chevy Malibu is no slouch, but if you're looking for a family sedan that's also a heck of a lot of fun to drive, a V-6 Accord will be the better performer. The Accord also offers a Sport version with paddle shifters, for the true driving enthusiast -- that option isn't available on the Chevy Malibu.  

Both cars received NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings; the 2016 Honda Accord is also a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, while the Chevy Malibu got the second-tier Top Safety Pick designation. Although both cars offer a wide variety of active safety tech, including automatic collision braking and lane-keeping assist, the 2016 Malibu limits these to the highest-priced trims only, while they're available on any 2016 Accord trim.  

Interested in test-driving the 2016 Honda Accord in Chicago, Orland Park, and La Grange? Contact our team at Continental Honda to schedule your test drive today!


Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey and HR-V earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)1
[1] Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.


2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Chevy Malibu safety