2018 Honda Civic vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Civic

2018 Honda Civic

2016 Chevy Malibu

2018 Chevrolet Malibu


The 2018 Honda Civic  has been treated to an extensive redesign, bringing a larger cabin, improved technology, and cutting-edge safety to this 10th-generation showstopper. Here’s how it compares to competitors like the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.

Trim Levels

The 2018 Honda Civic is available for College Place and Kennewick drivers in five exceptional trim levels:

  • LX: The entry-level LX model includes LED daytime running lights, a multi-angle rearview camera, electric parking brake, and a 5-inch color LCD screen.
  • EX: The EX provides a number of upgrades, such as a one-touch power moonroof, Honda LaneWatch, and Android Auto™/Apple CarPlay® functionality.
  • EX-T: The EX-T gets improved performance due to its turbocharged 1.5L engine.
  • EX-L: The EX-L offers leather-trimmed seats, a driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Touring: The Touring trim has standard Honda Sensing safety suite, heated outboard seats, and a 450-watt, 10-speaker premium audio system.

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers basic equipment with its entry-level S model, such as a rearview camera, air conditioning, and cruise control. Other models include the LS, 1LT, and 2LT, plus the top of the range Premier. At $31,850, the Premier demands much more than the $26,700 Civic Touring,* but doesn’t offer the same exceptional range of technology.

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Powertrains and MPG

The 2018 Honda Civic allows you to choose between two strong yet economical engines for a fun, responsive drive:

  • 2.0L Four-Cylinder: Generates up to 158 hp and earns up to 28 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway** when paired with a CVT.
  • 1.5L Four-Cylinder: The Civic’s optional engine leverages both direct-injection and turbocharging technology to produce up to 174 hp, all while earning an impressive 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway** when paired with a CVT.

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu maintains a narrow concentration on power, but sacrifices efficiency in order to do so. The base engine makes 160 hp, but still comes in at only 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The available engine makes an excessive 250 hp, but greedily consumes fuel to make just 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway.

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The 2018 Honda Civic Remains a Clear Favorite

In the sedan segment, the 2018 Honda Civic stands apart. To arrange a test drive and find out for yourself just how much the vehicle can offer, contact Walla Walla Valley Honda today. We can’t wait to put our College Place and Kennewick customers behind the wheel of this distinguished sedan!

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $875.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

** 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.