2018 Chevrolet Impala vs 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Impala

  • Standard Engine2.5L Inline-4
  • Horsepower197 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *22 / 30
  • Seats5

Chevrolet Malibu

  • Standard Engine1.5L Inline-4
  • Horsepower160 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *27 / 36
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance


When it comes to sedans, Chevrolet has two great options for you to choose from, the 2018 Impala and the 2018 Malibu. While both vehicles may look extremely similar to the untrained eye, they actually are quite different. Learning the key distinctions between these two great cars is the only way to make an intelligent purchasing decision.

The standard 2018 Chevrolet Impala comes with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that can deliver 197 horsepower and 191 foot-pounds of torque. The powerful engine found in the new Impala will not stop you from getting excellent fuel efficiency. It can get approximately 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu comes with a slightly smaller 1.5-liter I-4 engine. This smaller engine sacrifices power to deliver better fuel efficiency than the Impala. The new Chevrolet Malibu can deliver 160 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque. It also has a fuel efficiency of approximately 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. Both vehicles can haul up to 1,000 pounds.


Since the 2018 Chevrolet Impala is a full-size sedan, it is just under eight inches longer than the new Chevrolet Malibu. The larger size of the Chevrolet Impala also means it comes with 18-inch wheels instead of the 16-inch wheels found on the Chevrolet Malibu. The other main differences in appearance can be found in the front and back of these great cars. The Chevrolet Impala features a chrome grille trim while the Impala has a black grille trim. You will also be able to get a lip spoiler on the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, but this option is not available on the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. Both of these sedans are absolutely stunning, so it is up to you to determine which look you like the best.


Since both of these cars are manufactured by Chevrolet, they are going to offer a lot of the same features. A proximity key, Bluetooth LCD touchscreen, USB ports, cruise control speed-sensitive volume speakers and stolen vehicle tracking are just some of the great features you will find in both the 2018 Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Malibu. They also offer the same excellent safety features including traction control, a low tire pressure warning light and eight airbags. A compass and satellite radio are the only features that you will find in the new Impala that are unavailable in the 2018 Malibu. MP3 compatibility can be found in the Chevrolet Malibu, but it is not an option in the Chevrolet Impala.

Now that you know all about these two great sedans from Chevrolet, it is time to decide which one you want own. Browsing the vehicle available on our website will let you quickly find the perfect car for your needs.

All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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