2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Malibu

2015 Chevy Malibu

2015 Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata


The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Hyundai Sonata are both top midsize sedans right now, but it’s not easy to compete in this competitive class. So which one comes out ahead when you put them head to head? We’ve done the legwork for you, so all you have to do is look at the detailed comparison below.

Fuel Economy

In the base Chevy Malibu you get a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that yields an impressive fuel-economy estimate of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway thanks to a start-stop system that shuts off the engine when not in use. The Hyundai Sonata in Sport trim only gets an EPA estimates 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway based on EPA estimates.


When you compare base models—both offer a four-cylinder engine—the Chevy comes out ahead again. It makes 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque with its 2.5L four-cylinder engine, while the Sonata only makes 185 hp and 78 lb-ft of torque with its 2.4L four-cylinder. Choose to upgrade, and you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder under the hood of both sedans. The one in the Chevy makes 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded Sonata only makes 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Both of these vehicles provide plenty of warranty coverage, so you can rest easy when you’re out on the road. Unfortunately, the Sonata doesn’t offer any maintenance coverage, so you’re on your own when it’s time to change your oil. The Malibu gets a complimentary two years of included maintenance.

Technology and Safety

Every Malibu comes with the OnStar telematics system with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle assistance, and more. The new OnStar system also includes 4G LTE wireless connectivity with in-car WiFi hotspot. That feature is missing from the Sonata.

While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated both of these vehicles at Top Safety Pick, the Malibu actually scored better than the Sonata. It received the best possible Good score in the small front overlap crash test, while the Sonata only scored a second best Acceptable.

Visit Mike Anderson Chevrolet

Here at Mike Anderson Chevrolet of Merrillville, we’re happy to let you test drive the latest 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. Come visit us at 1550 E. 61st Ave. in Merrillville, IN to learn more about the Malibu or any other Chevy model!