2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata promises an upscale interior, making it feel and look like those luxury cars out there. This one is also gifted with a good predicted reliability rating. Aside from having spacious and comfortable seats, expect that there is also a user-friendly infotainment interface for this ride.

In the case of the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu, the ride is now offering the wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as a standard. It also guarantees a smooth ride for passengers.

Design & Style

Holding up to 16 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata can surely accommodate your belongings for that much-awaited weekend getaway with family or friends. Its cabin is airy, roomy, and comfy, and with a promise to seat five people, even taller adults will find the configuration a delight to use. Supportive seats are found all throughout the cabin too. There are also soft-touch materials inside, together with others that make-up its modern interior.

When it comes to the 2021 version of the Malibu, you will find a comfortable seating configuration for five people. Even with that promise though, that of the Sonata is roomier. The cabin design is a disgusting one, since there are plenty of plastic materials inside. The interior is outdated, thus making the Sonata a better ride along the design and style arena.

Technology & Safety

Car buyers find the 2021 Sonata fascinating because of its easy-to-use infotainment interface, which is paired with a remarkable eight-inch touch screen. This one easily responds to user inputs, and displays crisp graphics as well. It is gifted with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a USB port for its other tech features. Safety equipment included in the base trim are pedestrian detection, rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist, among others.

Just like the Sonata, the Malibu’s infotainment system is outfitted with an eight-inch touch screen. While the setup is easy-to-use, it does not have the same graphics display as that of its Hyundai counterpart. It includes a USB port, Bluetooth, six speakers, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, but for safety, it only basically offers a rearview camera.


The 2021 Hyundai Sonata has a base, four-cylinder engine. This reaches an output of 191 horsepower. The turbo-four version, on the other hand, generates 180 horsepower. For the Malibu, the base four-cylinder, 1.5-iter engine only generates up to 160 horsepower of output. This one is way lower than the base engine in the Hyundai.

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is charming both on the inside and outside. It presents a reliable and long list of technology and safety features, and provides a powerful engine that defeats the one found in the Malibu. All these said, the Sonata is better than the Chevy.

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