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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Nissan Sentra

In comparing the Chevrolet Malibu to the Nissan Sentra, the Chevrolet Malibu has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Nissan Sentra has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Malibu versus the Nissan Sentra, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Chevrolet Malibu versus Nissan Sentra Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Chevrolet Malibu ranges from $16,998 to $26,940 while a used Nissan Sentra from the same model year range is priced between $15,498 to $22,842. For a new model, the Chevrolet Malibu's price is between $23,694 and $33,389, with the Nissan Sentra priced between $21,451 and $27,236.

Chevrolet Malibu versus Nissan Sentra Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Chevrolet Malibu is 8.0 out of 10 while the Nissan Sentra's quality rating is 7.9 out of 10. This results in the Chevrolet Malibu being ranked 7 out of 8 Best Midsize Cars for the Money and the Nissan Sentra being ranked 10 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Chevrolet Malibu’s base engine makes 160 horsepower, and the Nissan Sentra base engine makes 149 horsepower. The Malibu is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 553 miles. The Sentra is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 484 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Chevrolet Malibu, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Nissan Sentra, a compact car, has the advantage in the area of front leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Nissan Sentra has higher safety ratings than the Chevrolet Malibu, with an average rating of 4.38 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.29 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Nissan Sentra has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Nissan Sentra

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$23,694 - $33,389

Used Asking Price:

$16,998 - $26,940

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

45.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,451 - $27,236

Used Asking Price:

$15,498 - $22,842

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

8.2 / 10

Retained Value:

7.3 / 10

Safety:

8.6 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.5 / 10

Safety:

8.4 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 13
6 / 13
7 / 8
9 / 13
12 / 13

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 12
12 / 51
14 / 51
17 / 51
28 / 51

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LS, LS Fleet, LT, RS

Trim Levels

S, SV, SR

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.29 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.38 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

160 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 2500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.051 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

149 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

146 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.049 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 35 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

427 / 553 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 39 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

360 / 484 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Cargo Space:

15.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

102.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

44 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.4 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

34.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.5 inches

Cargo Space:

14.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

96.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3135 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

57.9 inches

Length:

194.2 inches

Wheelbase:

111.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3036 lbs

Width:

71.5 inches

Height:

56.9 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

106.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum

Tire Size:

P205/65R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P205/60R16