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2018 Toyota Camry vs 2018 Chevy Malibu

In the sedan segment, there are a few industry-leading models like the 2018 Toyota Camry that continuously top the best-seller list. Today, we are pitting the 2018 Toyota Camry up against the 2018 Chevy Malibu to see how much value it has to offer and whether it deserves its place at the top.

If you take a look at the pricing specs below you can see that the 2018 Toyota Camry's starting MSRP is almost $2,000 more than the starting MSRP of the 2018 Malibu. But, thanks to a strong resume of standard equipment on base 2018 Camry models, the pricing is actually a great value, especially considering the bare-bones options on the base 2018 Malibu. Take a look at additional fuel economy and engine specs and an active safety comparison of the 2018 Camry and 2018 Malibu below.

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Chevy Malibu

2018 Toyota Camry


2018 Chevy Malibu

$23,645 Starting MSRP $21,680
29/41 Fuel Economy 27/36
2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Toyota Safety Sense Standard Active Safety N/A

Does the Camry or Malibu offer more active safety features?

Active Safety Features Found in the 2018 Camry:

  • Pre-Collision With Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Available Rear Parking Sensor
  • Available 360-Degree View Camera System

Active Safety Features Found in the 2018 Malibu:

  • Available Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Available Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Available Forward Automatic Braking
  • Available Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

When it comes to active safety, the 2018 Toyota Camry has the obvious advantage. Each 2018 Camry model comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense active safety bundle that uses visual and audio alerts along with vehicle intervention to prevent accidents before they occur. Test out the Camry's active safety system for yourself with a test drive at the Lexington Toyota dealership in Lexington, MA.