Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2016 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Safety Comparison

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Malibu Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Malibu Hybrid’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (188 vs. 182) than the Malibu Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Malibu Hybrid’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid is 1 foot, 8.2 inches shorter than the Malibu Hybrid, making the C-MAX Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the C-MAX Hybrid is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Malibu Hybrid is rated a Mid-size.

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room and 1.9 inches more rear headroom than the Malibu Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Malibu Hybrid (24.5 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the C-MAX Hybrid SEL’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Malibu Hybrid’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The C-MAX Hybrid SEL’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Malibu Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the C-MAX Hybrid has a standard rear wiper. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The C-MAX Hybrid SEL’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Malibu Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford C-MAX Hybrid has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

C-MAX Hybrid

Malibu Hybrid

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



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