Honda Civic vs Chevy Malibu

Honda Civic Blue

Have you been on the hunt for a compact and chic sedan that makes it easy to zip around San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, Texas? There are two iconic models that stand out amongst the crowd: the Honda Civic and the Chevy Malibu. All you have to do is pick the one that’s right for your needs.

To help you in this journey, the team at Northside Honda has created this 2022 Honda Civic vs. 2021 Chevy Malibu comparison. Below, you’ll see these models go head-to-head, so you can make an educated decision before hitting the dealership.

Civic vs Malibu: Performance & Fuel Economy 

Honda Civic RedWhy do so many drivers flock to compact sedans year after year? Lively performance and excellent fuel economy are at the top of that list. Luckily, this is what you’ll find in both the Civic and Malibu.

The Chevy Malibu and Honda Civic both boast a two-engine lineup. Standard in the Chevy Malibu is the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, whereas the Honda Civic is standardly powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder i-VTEC® engine. Additionally, they both offer an available turbocharged powertrain that delivers more strength and power. So, no matter which model (or engine) you choose, you’ll have a spirited driving experience.

But which one has the better fuel economy? Let’s look:

  • Honda Civic: With the base-level LX trim and standard engine, you’ll have an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 city/40 highway/35 combined MPG.1 Want to upgrade to the available turbocharged powertrain? With the EX trim, get ready for a whopping EPA-estimated 33 city/42 highway/36 combined MPG.1
  • Chevy Malibu: When standardly outfitted, this sedan achieves a less-efficient fuel economy rating of 29 city/36 highway/32 combined MPG. If you go with the available turbocharged engine, the theme continues with only 22 city/33 highway/26 combined MPG.

No matter how you slice it, the Honda Civic is going to keep you on the road for longer between fuel-ups.

Civic vs Malibu: Exterior Dimensions

Compact sedans can do a lot of things larger models cannot. From gliding under overhangs and maneuvering through traffic seamlessly to sliding into that perfect parking spot, their smaller stature makes for a fun (and easy) drive.

When it comes to compact sportiness, however, the Honda Civic takes the cake once again. With its highly compact exterior dimensions, you’ll be driving with the best of them in no time. Plus, the cabin can still seat up to five people.

Let’s see how the Civic compares the Malibu in terms of compact size:

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Chevy Malibu


107.7 inches

111.4 inches


183.3 inches

194.2 inches


55.7 inches

57.9 inches


70.9 inches

73.0 inches

As a driver, you know how much difference a couple of inches can make when parking or driving in rush-hour traffic. With the 2022 Civic, you won’t have any issues becoming road royalty thanks to its perfect size.

2022 Honda Civic vs Chevy Malibu: Which Compact Sedan is for You? 

It’s true that the Chevy Malibu is iconic and for good reason. But thanks to its perfectly sized exterior, lively performance, and excellent fuel economy, we think you’re going to have more fun driving the Honda Civic.

Want to see for yourself? Then, schedule a test drive at Northside Honda today. We’d be honored to help make your San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, TX, commutes more enjoyable soon!

31 city/40 highway/35 combined mpg rating for LX. 30 city/37 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport. 33 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX. 31 city/38 highway/34 combined mpg rating for Touring. Based on 2022 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.


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