2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Chevy Malibu

If you're shopping for a new car, you know that today's vehicles feature advanced technology and fuel-saving engine designs. Whatever you're looking for, you can almost surely find it in a modern economy sedan. Two models that manage to balance both an attractive features list and an attractive price are the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and the 2016 Chevy Malibu. Our comparison review makes it easy to delineate advantages.

Chevrolet redesigned the Malibu for 2016, and the all-new sedan features dramatic styling details and new turbocharged engines. There are four main trims (L, LS, LT and Premier), but the LT level is split into 1LT and 2LT to designate the standard engine(s).

2016 Volkswagen Passat


2016 Chevy Malibu

1.8L Turbo 4-cylinder Engine 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder
170 Horsepower 160
5-inch touchscreen Entertainment 6-speaker audio
Phone + audio Bluetooth Phone only


A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 160 horsepower is standard on the lower Malibu trims and a 2.0-liter turbo with 250 horses is standard on the 2LT and Premier levels. The 1.5L is paired with a standard six-speed transmission; the 2.0L works with an eight-speed auto. The rather sparsely-equipped base 2016 Chevy Malibu comes with standard 16-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, A/C, a telescoping steering column, height-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat that folds down for trunk access, OnStar, phone-only Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers.

On-board the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, you'll find more powerful engine options, more standard features and more room for passengers and cargo. The Passat offers five trims (S, R-Line, SE, SEL and SEL Premium) and two engine options: a standard 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 280 horsepower that is available on the SEL Premium trim. Standard equipment includes: 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, power accessories, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, height-adjustable front seats with lumbar support in the driver's seat, a 60/40-split rear seatback, a telescoping steering column, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a five-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a CD player and USB and auxiliary audio inputs.

With more standard features and a little more room to stretch out in back, the 2016 Passat will serve you better in the long run than the Malibu. Check one out today at J. Bertolet Volkswagen!

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