2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry Hybrid have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry Hybrid XLE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry Hybrid XLE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Malibu Hybrid only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Camry Hybrid and the Malibu Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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

Camry Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

173

Neck Injury Risk

20%

23%

Neck Stress

262 lbs.

937 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

29 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

335

376

Neck Injury Risk

21%

38%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

173 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

62 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 Toyota Camry Hybrid is safer than the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid:

Camry Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

180

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

239 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

289

460

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

57 G’s

Hip Force

752 lbs.

809 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

235

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Malibu Hybrid was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Camry Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Malibu Hybrid’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Malibu Hybrid.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry Hybrid’s reliability 36 points higher than the Malibu Hybrid.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The Camry Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 26 more horsepower (208 vs. 182) than the Malibu Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Camry Hybrid is faster than the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid:

Camry Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry Hybrid CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Malibu Hybrid CVT (51 city/53 hwy vs. 49 city/43 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Malibu Hybrid:

Camry Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

The Camry Hybrid stops shorter than the Malibu Hybrid:

Camry Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camry Hybrid SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Malibu Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Camry Hybrid SE/XLE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Malibu Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry Hybrid SE/XLE has standard 18-inch wheels. The Malibu Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Malibu Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Malibu Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Camry Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.3% to 42.7%) than the Malibu Hybrid’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the Camry Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry Hybrid XLE is quieter than the Malibu Hybrid:

Camry Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

At idle

38 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Camry Hybrid has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear hip room than the Malibu Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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The Camry Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Malibu Hybrid (15.1 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camry Hybrid. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The Camry Hybrid uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Malibu Hybrid uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Camry Hybrid XLE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camry Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Malibu Hybrid’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Camry Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Malibu Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Camry Hybrid’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Malibu Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry Hybrid’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Malibu Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Camry Hybrid XLE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry Hybrid XLE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Camry Hybrid has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry Hybrid offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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The Camry Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry Hybrid will retain 44.81% to 47.38% of its original price after five years, while the Malibu Hybrid only retains 36.53%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Camry Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry Hybrid first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Malibu Hybrid isn’t in the top three.

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