2020 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2019 Genesis G70

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The G70 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Malibu and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 9 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Malibu’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Malibu Premier 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the G70 2.0T (automatics tested):

Malibu

G70

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Malibu gets better fuel mileage than the G70:

MPG

Malibu

FWD

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/36 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

G70

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/28 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

The Malibu has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G70 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Malibu higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Genesis G70 (3). This means the Malibu produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Malibu has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The G70 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Malibu stops shorter than the G70:

Malibu

G70

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Malibu RS/Premier’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G70 (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Malibu may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Genesis G70.

The front grille of the Malibu (except 2.0 Turbo) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G70 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Malibu LT is quieter than the G70 Dynamic (71 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Malibu a Mid-size car, while the G70 is rated a Compact.

The Malibu has 9.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G70 (102.9 vs. 93.8).

The Malibu has 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

The Malibu has a much larger trunk than the G70 (15.7 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Malibu’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 G70 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Consumer Reports rated the Malibu’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the G70’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Malibu Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G70 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Malibu Premier’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G70 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Malibu outsold the Genesis G70 by over 353 to one during 2018.

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