2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2015 Nissan Altima


Looking for a versatile commuter and family car in the Bradenton and Tampa area? You might find yourself choosing between the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Nissan Altima. Each of these fine vehicles are midsize sedans that are popular for their versatility, being well-suited to both your daily drive and a night out on the town. But what to do when you can only choose one? Cox Chevrolet can help you decide which vehicle is right for you!

Both Vehicles at a Glance

2015 Chevrolet Malibu
For a quick overview of both vehicles, you’ll want to consider that the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu offers the following price, safety, power, feature, and warranty benefits:

  • Starts at $22,645
  • Perfect safety rating
  • Direct Injection Engine
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • 100,000-mile powertrain and drivetrain warranty
2015 Nissan Altima
In comparison, here’s what you’ll find with the 2015 Nissan Altima:

  • Starts at $24,720
  • Safety rating of “Acceptable” in some categories
  • Multi-Point Fuel Injection
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen
  • 60,000-mile powertrain and drivetrain warranty


Starting Price

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu starts at $22,645 for the base level. The 2015 Nissan Altima starting price adds more than $2,000 onto that price tag, starting at $24,720. While pricing for both vehicles increases across subsequent trim levels, the pricing disparity remains fairly consistent. The Malibu will simply be the more cost-effective buy across the board while still coming with better performance and feature options.
2015 Malibu LTZ


The standard engine on the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that gets 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque with a direct injection system. The base engine for the 2015 Nissan Altima is a 2.5L engine as well, getting only 182 hp with 180 lb-ft of torque via a sequential multi-point fuel injection system. The Malibu and Altima do both have similar fuel capacities, but the Malibu has a significant power edge over the Altima.
2015 Malibu Performance


The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu offers an OnStar Telematics system with automatic crash notification, which the 2015 Nissan Altima lacks – this is because the Altima is not a GM vehicle, and the OnStar aftermarket attachment doesn’t have automatic crash protection capability. The Altima also lacks the forward warning system, which is a crucial safety feature in the Malibu. The Malibu also earned a perfect score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including a score of “Good” in the small-overlap frontal impact test, where the Altima only earned a second-best rating of “Acceptable” on the small-overlap frontal impact test.
2015 Malibu Safety Rear Camera

Interior Space

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu has supportive seating, with plenty of room in the front seat. The trunk space offers 16.3 cubic feet, perfect for a short vacation or a large grocery trip; it’s actually larger than average for a sedan in the midsize range.

While the 2015 Nissan Altima has a comfortable cabin, the headroom in the backseat is limited. In addition, the trunk space is 15.4 cubic feet, which is just standard for a vehicle in this size range and market. The extra space that you’ll find in the Chevy Malibu can really make all the difference when trying to pack your trunk full of important gear.

2015 Malibu Cargo Space


The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu includes various features, with safety additions such as daytime running lamps that increase the visibility of the vehicle during low-light or cloudy daytime conditions. It also comes with the OnStar Telematics system, which now includes features such as navigation and oil level monitoring. You’ll also get features like:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • A 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • A six-speaker sound system

The 2015 Nissan Altima does not include these features and comes with only a four-speaker sound system. While it does offer a 4.3 LCD information display that sits in the gauge cluster, the 1LZ trim level of the Chevy Malibu comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display.

2015 Malibu Phone Holder


The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu comes with a powertrain and drivetrain warranty that’s good for 100,000 miles, as well as a two-year maintenance warranty. The 2015 Nissan Altima powertrain and drivetrain warranty is only good for 60,000 miles, and it does not come with a maintenance warranty.
2015 Malibu Warranty

Get the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu at Cox Chevrolet

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu can be found now at Cox Chevrolet! To set up a test drive appointment for this great car or any other Chevrolet vehicle, contact our sales staff online today. You’ll find us at 2900 Cortez Rd. W. in Bradenton, which is under an hour’s drive from Tampa when you follow I-75 S. We look forward to seeing you soon!