2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2015 Volkswagen Passat

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2015 Volkwagen Passat

2015 Volkwagen Passat


When it comes to midsize family sedans, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is a popular pick among Bradenton and Tampa drivers. Returning to dealers this year, the latest Malibu offers more high-tech features than ever and now comes standard with a 4G data connection with Wi-Fi hotspot across all trims. Of course, there are plenty of other options to choose from among midsize cars, and the 2015 Volkswagen Passat is another that buyers often consider. Here we’ll explore both models to prove the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu can better serve you.


One of the first things many buyers consider when searching for a midsize family sedan is how much it will cost. While the 2015 Volkswagen Passat starts at $26,915, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is significantly more affordable with a starting price of just $22,465.

Power and Fuel Economy

A midsize sedan is a practical option for most buyers, there’s still a desire for high-level performance to provide thrilling bursts of power. The 2015 Volkswagen Passat comes with a base 1.8L four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

That’s noticeably less power than the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu’s base 2.5L engine, which comes in at a commanding 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. To top it off, this engine beats out the Passat’s in fuel economy as well, with an EPA-estimate 36 mpg highway and 25 mpg city, compared to the Passat’s 35 mpg highway and 24 mpg city.

Safety Features

When it comes to safety both the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Volkswagen Passat come with standard antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, rear side airbags, and side curtain airbags. However, unlike the Passat, the Malibu comes with standard front knee airbags and an OnStar telematics system, which includes automatic crash notification.

Also, in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Malibu scored better in the small overlap crash test. And to top it all off, the Malibu offers an Advanced Safety package that includes forward collision warning, lane departure notifications, cross-traffic alerts, and blind spot monitoring, all of which aren’t available on the Passat.

Warranty Coverage

Both vehicles come standard with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. However, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu offers better warranty coverage in a number of other key areas. While the 2015 Volkswagen Passat comes with a five-year / 60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, the Malibu gets much more coverage with a five-year / 100,000-mile warranty.

The Passat gets a 36,000-mile roadside assistance program that’s only good for three years, but the Malibu comes standard with a 100,000-mile roadside assistance program for five years. Finally, the standard maintenance warranty on the Malibu is two years, while only one year on the Passat.

Find the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu at Cox Chevrolet

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is on sale now at Cox Chevrolet, your Tampa-area Chevy dealer. Stop in and discuss the Malibu with our expert sales team at 2900 Cortez Rd. W. in Bradenton, FL, or give us a call anytime.