Honda Civic vs. Chevy Malibu
Honda Civic
Chevy Malibu
At a Glance: Civic vs. Malibu

Behind the wheel of a sedan, you feel in control. You feel powerful. Sedans like the Honda Civic and the Chevy Malibu put sport performance and innovative technology at your fingertips. The only question is: Which sedan is the best choice for your drives through Ithaca, Elmira, or Corning?

Our team at Maguire Honda of Ithaca is here to help you find the ideal sedan. Let’s roll!



30 city /37 hwy (Sport)* | 29 city /36 hwy
Civic vs Malibu


42.3 in. | 41.5 in
Civic vs Malibu


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Civic vs Malibu
A Sedan Showdown: See the Difference
Select a category below to learn more about how the Honda Civic compares to the Chevy Malibu.
Honda Civic

You have both hands on the steering wheel and hear the engine rumbling. Is there any place you’d rather be? Both the Civic and the Malibu will give you a shot of adrenaline as you hit the gas. Let’s find out which one has the engineering you crave.

Sport-Tuned Spirit

Both models come standard with a spirited 4-cylinder engine. It works alongside a smooth-shifting Continuously Variable Transmission in both the Civic and the Malibu. You’ll only be able to personalize the performance of your sedan in the Civic, however. It comes with a 3-mode drive system that offers selectable drive modes including:

  • ECON
  • Normal
  • Sport

One look at their elongated hoods and swooping rooflines, and you’ll notice both models boast a sporty exterior design that accentuates their performance capabilities. That design only continues on the inside with the Civic, however. It’s available with race-inspired sport pedals, so you can experience the thrill of taking the checkered flag with every press of the accelerator.

Keep the Fun Going

A sporty performance is more fun when you can stay out on the road to enjoy it. That’s why the Honda Civic gives you the edge when it comes to fuel economy. It boasts an EPA-estimated 30 city/37 highway MPG with its Sport trim.* The base trim of the Malibu only manages an EPA-estimated 29 city/36 highway MPG.

Honda Civic

Peace of mind is a priority, which means it’s important to have a sedan with all the latest safety features. That’s where both the Honda Civic and the Chevy Malibu thrive. They come with a bevy of systems designed to keep you confident behind the wheel.

Standard Safety Suites

Both models come equipped with a comprehensive safety suite. The Honda Civic comes standard with the Honda Sensing® driver assistive features. It includes systems such as:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Traffic Jam Assist

Chevy Safety Assist—standard with the Malibu—comes with several similar features. A Traffic Sign Recognition System, however, is only available with the Civic. It will help you stay aware of passing road signs, so you’ll always know exactly what’s expected of you behind the wheel.

Built to Protect

The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure is only used in the construction of the Honda Civic. It comes with specially engineered crumple zones that absorb and redirect collision force away from the passenger cabin. This will help you hit the road with total peace of mind.

Honda Civic

Where do you take your sedan? Whether you’re commuting to work, doing some shopping at the mall, or taking a long road trip, your time behind the wheel should be as comfortable as possible. That’s why the interior of these two sedans offer plenty of space and a multitude of connective features.

Room to Stretch Out

The Civic and the Malibu both offer seating for five riders and a similar amount of interior space. They have a nearly identical amount of headroom in the front and rear rows.

You’ll notice the Honda Civic really shines when it comes to legroom. It boasts a spacious 42.3 inches of front legroom compared to just 41.5 inches in the competition.

Keep In Touch

How do you use technology in your day-to-day life? Do you need to phone home and tell them you’re on the way with dinner? Are you catching up on your favorite podcast or streaming your favorite band’s new album? In any case, both models come with a responsive touchscreen display that gives you access to shared technologies such as:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Navigation

When that new song comes on—you know, the one everyone’s been talking about—you’ll be able to crank up the volume with a Bose® premium sound system in either model. That of the Chevy Malibu only comes with nine speakers, while the audio system available in the Honda Civic will surround you in the sound of 12 speakers.

Strut Your Stuff in the Honda Civic!
Honda Civic

The competition was close, and in the end, the superior safety, space, and efficiency took the Honda Civic to the top.

When you’re ready to take it to the streets of Ithaca, Elmira, and Corning, schedule a test drive at Maguire Honda of Ithaca!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Civic for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport. 33 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX. 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for Touring. Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.