2021 Toyota Camry
Features & Specs
2021 Chevy Malibu
Adaptive Cruise Control
Available on Higher Trims
301 hp
Top Horsepower
250 hp
267 lb-ft
Top Engine Torque
260 lb-ft
42.1 in.
Front Leg Room
41.5 in.

2021 Toyota Camry vs Chevy Malibu

Sedans are perfect family vehicles as they come with solid engine options for reliability and tons of advanced features to keep the whole gang entertained during long trips. However, when buying a new sedan, the problem is that there are so many of them out on the market, and it can be hard to know which one to choose. We here at Pearson Toyota want to help, which is why we have taken two of the top sedans on the market in the Toyota Camry and the Chevy Malibu, and compared their engine options and features to have a better idea of which one you should be driving home. Continue reading below for all the info!

2021 Toyota Camry Power & Handling

There are two immensely powerful engines available for the Toyota Camry, which should get drivers excited. Most trims come with a four-cylinder engine that pumps out 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. When you get to the XSE, that gets raised to 206 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Looking for a little more power? The Camry also boasts a 3.5-liter V6 which pumps out an incredible 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the four-cylinder has the option of four-wheel-drive. You'll never be short on power with the Toyota Camry.

2021 Chevy Malibu Power & Handling

Two engines are also available for the Chevy Malibu, and there is a decent amount of power here. On the L trim through the LT trim, you get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Premier up the power quotient a bit with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which gets you 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission, while the turbocharged engine has a nine-speed automatic. Unfortunately, unlike the Camry, the Malibu does not have four-wheel-drive, which is a little disappointing.

2021 Toyota Camry Features & Design

There are six trim levels available for the Toyota Camry, and each one comes with a ton of luxury and tech features. The base trim is the LE which comes with 17-inch wheels, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a lot of safety equipment available, including forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. Adding to this is the SE, which has simulated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, automatic climate control, and a sport-tuned suspension. For a more stealthy look, we recommend the SE Nightshade, which has all of these features plus a black exterior trim. At the midway point is the XLE, which has the most advanced features such as LED headlights, a chrome exterior trim, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, wireless charging pad, dual-zone climate control, and a nine-inch touchscreen. Higher trims round things out nicely with a gloss black grille, dual exhaust, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, and aerodynamic body trim.

2021 Chevy Malibu Features & Design

The Chevy Malibu tries to counter with five trim levels, and there are a good amount of features available for each. The base trim is the L, and it starts things off with 16-inch wheels, keyless entry and entry, cruise control, and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The LS asses to this with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and driver and front passenger vanity mirrors. Then there is the RS which dresses up the Malibu with 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, a black grille and badging, dual exhaust, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The top two trims, the LT and the Premier, provide more advanced features such as LED headlights, a dual-pane sunroof, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, rear passenger vents, heated outboard rear seats, and wireless device charging.


While there is a lot to like about both of these sedans, we will give the victory to the Toyota Camry. The engine options for the Camry are more powerful, and its six trims offer you more impressive features than the Malibu. We highly recommend taking a test drive of the Camry by heading down to Pearson Toyota and scheduling one with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team! If you want, we can even accompany you on the test drive to ask us questions. When you find a trim you like, be sure to check out our finance department, where we will help you get a wonderful deal. Even if you can't make it down to the dealership right now, you can check out our full Camry inventory here on our website!

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