2020 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid vs. 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Malibu Hybrid are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Malibu Hybrid’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the front seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Malibu Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

Malibu Hybrid

Accord Hybrid

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

173

261

Neck Injury Risk

23%

23%

Neck Compression

29 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

186/153 lbs.

231/338 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

Malibu Hybrid

Accord Hybrid

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

212 lbs.

431 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

HIC

235

242

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

34 G’s

Hip Force

488 lbs.

756 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Malibu Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Accord Hybrid’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Malibu Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Accord Hybrid’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The Accord Hybrid’s redline is at 6700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Malibu Hybrid has a 5000 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Suspension and Handling

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The Malibu Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.4% to 41.6%) than the Accord Hybrid’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Malibu Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Malibu Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (37 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Malibu Hybrid has .2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The Malibu Hybrid’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Accord Hybrid does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Malibu Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Malibu Hybrid is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Hybrid prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Malibu Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Accord Hybrid’s standard power windows’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Malibu Hybrid’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring.

On extremely cold winter days, the Malibu Hybrid’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Malibu Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Malibu Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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