2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic
2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2016 Honda Civic rests at the front of the sedan segment, offering Malin and Keno drivers far more than the middling 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The Honda Civic was already one of America’s most popular vehicles, but this year’s model has been given a comprehensive redesign to take it far beyond the standard set by lesser models.

Trim Levels

Your 2016 Honda Civic is available in five separate trim levels:

  • LX: As standard, the Civic comes with an electric parking brake, a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system with streaming audio, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines.
  • EX: The EX upgrades to a Honda LaneWatch system, adds Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ connectivity, and lets you control your driving environment from a 7-inch display audio touchscreen.
  • EX-T: The EX-T makes the jump to a fiery 1.5L turbocharged engine, so it’s the model of choice for a thrilling ride. Fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats are also included as standard.
  • EX-L: The EX-L makes comfort its first and foremost priority. Look forward to sinking into leather-trimmed seats – with 8-way power adjustment for the driver — and wrapping your hands around the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
  • Touring: The Touring trim comes with a selection of Honda Sensing driver assistance technologies, as well as rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights, and a 450-watt 10-speaker premium audio system.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu starts with the L model, which comes with basic devices such as a rearview camera, air conditioning, and cruise control. Models then work their way up through the LS, 1LT, and 2LT to the upper-level Premier. At $30,920, it starts significantly higher than the Civic Touring,* despite failing to match it in terms of features and technology.

2016 Honda Civic

Powertrains and MPG

Malin and Keno drivers on the lookout for an agile and responsive drive that never loses its focus on providing class-leading efficiency ratings should bypass the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and pick up a 2016 Honda Civic.

This year’s Civic is available with your choice of either a 2.0L four-cylinder or a direction-injection 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The former remains fun to drive thanks to an output of up to 158 hp, while the 174 hp offered by the turbocharged engine takes things to a whole new level. Of course, the latest efficiency technology means that you’ll still earn up to 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway* with the 2.0L engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), or a staggering 31 mpg city and 42 mpg highway* with the 1.5L engine and a CVT.

The Malibu makes the mistakes of focusing solely on more power than Malin and Keno drivers are ever likely to need, either 160 hp from the base engine or an excessive 250 hp from the available 2.0 turbo. That really comes at the cost of fuel-consumption — you’ll earn only 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway with the base engine and or a thirsty 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with the available 2.0L.

2016 Honda Civic


One of the major benefits of the Civic’s redesign has been its renewed ability to offer mid-sized dimensions to rival vehicles like the Malibu, all while retaining its sleek lines and compact agility.

It also features a thoroughly modern interior. Everything is laid out to meet your needs, and high-end materials are used throughout in order to create an upscale environment that cannot be matched by the 2016 Malibu.

2016 Honda Civic

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2016 Honda Civic sets its sights on providing a first-class driving experience, and adds the type of features needed to back that aim up.

Malin and Keno drivers will be pleased to know the following features are found in the Civic, but not in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu:

  • Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto: Sync your smartphone to the Civic to use a growing selection of features and apps right on the 7-inch display audio touchscreen.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: The 2016 Malibu also offers a rearview camera as standard. However, it lacks the three separate viewing modes that the Honda model provides.
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers: The new Honda Civic is actually able to sense the amount of rainfall hitting your windshield.
2016 Honda Civic

Safety Features

The 2016 Honda Civic provides protection technology that the 2016 Malibu fails to offer, such as:

  • ACE Body Structure: An Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body is able to crumple intuitively upon impact to direct collision energy away from you and your passengers.
  • Honda LaneWatch: Signal left and a small camera hidden beneath the passenger-side mirror starts to play a live feed on your touchscreen, showing nearly four times more than the mirror alone.
2016 Honda Civic

The 2016 Honda Civic Utterly Outclasses the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Malin and Keno drivers who take home a 2016 Honda Civic will find themselves experiencing a far superior drive to that provided by the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. To find out more, just come down to Klamath Falls Honda today or call us at 541-205-4917 to set up a test drive. We hope to see you soon!

* Based on 2016 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.