2019 Mazda6 vs 2019 Chevrolet Malibu 

2019 Mazda6 vs 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Despite the swarm of incredible options found in the midsize sedan segment, the 2019 Mazda6 manages to find solitude in the market with luxury-grade accommodations not offered anywhere else. A model of comparable good looks, the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu comes through with a similarly upscale design that tends to draw attention much like our Mazda sedan. That’s why we’ve decided to put the 2019 Mazda6 to the test by observing how it defends its territory against the competing 2019 Chevrolet Malibu in this model comparison. 

2019 Mazda6 


2019 Chevrolet Malibu

$23,800 Starting MSRP $22,090
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC (184 hp) Base Engine 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder (160 hp)
26 city / 35 highway mpg Fuel Economy 29 city / 36 highway mpg
Rearview Camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Smart Brake Support with collision warning, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning System Standard Safety Features Rear Vision Camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System 

Highlighting the Main Differences Between the 2019 Mazda6 and 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Lineups 

As the table suggests, one of the key differentiators between the 2019 Mazda6 and the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu is the availability of active safety features. The Mazda6 features a massive list of standard driver assistance technologies, while the Malibu falters with a downright basic standard setup. If you want to get your hands on this sort of tech in the Malibu, good luck. These features are only offered on the lineup's highest trim levels, and Chevy makes you pay a package price to have them added on.

On the Mazda6 lineup, Sport and Touring models are powered by the standard SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter engine, which delivers 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Those riding high in Mazda6 Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve or Signature modes are gifted with the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo, landing us 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

The competing Chevy Malibu lineup also offers two gas-powered engines – a 1.5-liter turbo (160 hp, 184 lb-ft) and a 2.0-liter turbo (250 hp, 258 lb-ft). In either case, the Malibu falters when stacked against the powertrain lineup of the Mazda6.

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