2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs. the 2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Toyota Camry

When deciding between the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2017 Toyota Camry, Florence and Cincinnati drivers have a lot to consider. While both vehicles are known for their comfort and reliability, which car offers a better driving experience for the price point? We put these two popular vehicles head-to-head in categories like performance, fuel efficiency, space, and overall value to determine our winner. See how the Chevy Malibu prevails, then head over to Tom Gill Chevrolet for a test drive.


While both models offer both gas-powered and hybrid options, the 2017 Chevy Malibu offers a great blend of power and efficiency that the 2017 Toyota Camry can't quite match. Starting with the standard engines, the Malibu is equipped with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger that produces up to 184 lb-ft of torque. The Camry, equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, peaks at 170 lb-ft of torque. Even when comparing engines from higher level trims, the Malibu manages 260 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0L 4-cylinder with turbocharger. The Camry can only muster 248 lb-ft of torque from its 3.5L V6 engine.


The Malibu doesn't just have the advantage in the category of power – it comes out on top with fuel economy as well. The 2017 model generates an EPA-estimated 27 mpg when driving in the city, while the Camry only manages 24 mpg. That means you'll pay less on gas with the Malibu.

When comparing the Hybrid models, the difference is even more drastic. Chevy's Malibu Hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, while Toyota's Camry Hybrid LE only achieves 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Whether running errands or enjoying a road trip across the highway, you'll enjoy an efficient and powerful ride in your Malibu.


Both sedans were built for a comfortable ride, but the Chevy Malibu slightly edges out the Toyota Camry:

  • The Malibu has 102.9 cubic feet of passenger space, compared to 102.7 cubic feet in the comparable Camry.
  • The Malibu can accommodate up to 15.8 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk, while the Camry provides 15.4 cubic feet.
  • Taller drivers will also enjoy the 39.1 inches of head room and 42.0 inches of leg room in the Malibu, which offers a little more than the 38.8 inches of head room and 41.6 inches of leg room in the Camry.


Price is another key factor for new buyers, so which sedan delivers the lower price point? The 2017 Chevy Malibu has a starting MSRP of only $21,680 and the 2017 Toyota Camry is a little higher with its starting MSRP of $23,070. Not only will you save a few thousand dollars during your initial purchase of the Malibu, but you'll also save extra money at the gas pump with its tremendous fuel economy figures.

Test Drive the Winning Chevy Malibu Today

Overall, it's clear that the 2017 Chevy Malibu has a lot to offer Florence and Cincinnati drivers over the 2017 Toyota Camry. Though these two sedans are great representatives of the segment, the Malibu is the better buy in terms of efficiency, price, and more. Take a test drive and experience the quality for yourself at Tom Gill Chevrolet. Contact us online for more information and we'll get you behind the wheel in no time!