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February 28, 2023
Posted by Chloe Taylor

Chevrolet Malibu Vs. Nissan Altima: What’s The Best Option For 2023?

The mid-size sedan segment might be less popular and less populated than it used to be; however, there are still a few attractive choices for shoppers interested in leasing a mid-size sedan in 2023.

Let’s compare two exciting choices– the Chevrolet Malibu and the Nissan Altima–to help you make an informed choice when leasing your ideal 2023 sedan.

For 2023, the Malibu loses its high-output turbo-4 engine, while the Altima gets a series of exciting updates, including an updated exterior, a new infotainment system, and new safety features.

Engine And Transmission

Under the hood of every 2023 Chevrolet Malibu is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs exclusively with a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. On the other hand, Nissan provides two engine options for the 2023 Altima. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Going for the range-topping SR VC-Turbo trim unlocks a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 248 hp max power and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available for the base engine models.

The Chevy Malibu hit 60mph in 7.8 seconds, while the turbo-powered Altima did better at 5.8 seconds.

Fuel Economy

Despite having the smaller engine, the Malibu is still not the most fuel-efficient of the two sedans. It gets an EPA rating of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the base Altima earns up to 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.


The Malibu has a comfortable, user-friendly interior with easy-to-use controls, though it looks older than the Altima. Standard features include an intuitive 8.0-inch touchscreen display, premium cloth upholstery, a 6-speaker audio system, a six-way manual front passenger seat, etc. Shoppers can deck out the Malibu with features like a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system, ambient lighting, wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats, etc.

Inside, the Nissan Altima sports a minimalist design and a more cutting-edge interior. An 8.0-inch center display is standard, but an optional 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation suits the dashboard more. Other optional features include a Bose premium audio system and leather seats.

Safety And Driver Assistance

The Nissan Altima offers more standard safety and driver assistance features than the Chevrolet Malibu. Shoppers who settle for the Malibu might have to pay extra or opt for higher trims to enjoy these features.

VIP Auto offers you the best lease deals for all trims of the latest Chevy Malibu and Nissan Altima. We also offer other top-rated mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, etc. VIP Auto Lease assures you of the industry’s best prices and a fast, transparent lease deal.

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