2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
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Whether you’re commuting to Chicago or taking your family around Downers Grove or La Grange, a midsize sedan remains one of the most popular and sensible choices out there. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu are two strong choices, though the Passat wins out over the Malibu in several important categories. Utilize this comparison guide to make the decision easier for you, and count on Autobarn VW of Countryside when you’re ready for a test drive.
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is offered with two different power options. The base engine is a turbocharged 1.8L inline-four that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and makes 170 hp. Move up to the available 3.6L V6 engine and you’ll get a six-speed DSG automated manual transmission and a total output of 280 hp.
The 2018 Chevy Malibu’s base powertrain setup is a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic, and it makes only 160 hp. There’s also a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic, but it falls short of the Passat’s V6 with a total output of just 250 hp.
Both of these midsize family sedans are generously equipped from the start, with both models getting base features like Bluetooth® phone hands-free calling, cruise control, and full power features. However, the 2017 VW Passat
is the only one of these vehicles to get standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth® audio streaming, a rearview camera, a touchscreen, and forward collision warning and mitigation. Also, the Passat gets standard 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Malibu only gets standard 16-inch steel wheels.
You Can’t Go Wrong with the New VW Passat
From its confident German performance specs to its premier European cabin, the 2017 VW Passat is an excellent choice for a midsize car. Find it now in the trim you’re looking for at Autobarn VW of Countryside, your Chicago area VW dealer, at 6161 Joliet Rd. in Countryside, IL. We have flexible financing options available, and we’re open Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions, you can reach us online or give us a call at (708) 469-4248.