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2021 Chevrolet Malibu
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2021 Volkswagen Passat
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Overview

Engine
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
3.5-liter V6 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 29 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 20 MPG
Hwy: 30 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 24 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
15.8 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
15.7 ft³
Trunk Volume
14.3 ft³
Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.5-liter V6 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
174 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 2500-3000 rpm
261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
206 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,126 lbs
3,565 lbs
3,314 lbs

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
32 MPG
24 MPG
28 MPG
City
29 MPG
20 MPG
24 MPG
Highway
36 MPG
30 MPG
36 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 Tons/yr
7.3 Tons/yr
6.4 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
15.8 gallons
18 gallons
18.5 gallons
Cruising Range City
458.2 miles
360 miles
444 miles
Cruising Range Highway
568.8 miles
540 miles
666 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
194.2 in
192.8 in
193.6 in
Height
57.9 in
56.5 in
58 in
Max Width
73 in
73.2 in
72.2 in
Front Width
62.6 in
62.4 in
62.1 in
Rear Width
62.5 in
62.4 in
61 in
Wheelbase
111.4 in
109.3 in
110.4 in
Ground Clearance
N/A
5.3 in
5.4 in

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
41.5 in
45 in
42.4 in
Front Seat Headroom
39.1 in
39.4 in
38.3 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
58.5 in
56.7 in
56.9 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.1 in
54.2 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
38.1 in
34.2 in
39.1 in
Rear Seat Headroom
37.5 in
36.7 in
37.8 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
57.1 in
55.7 in
57 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
53.4 in
53.5 in
N/A

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
15.7 ft³
14.3 ft³
15.9 ft³

Wheels and Suspension

Steering

Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
37 ft
N/A
36.4 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size
16" x 7.5"
18" x 8.5"
17" x 7"
Rear Wheel Size
16" x 7.5"
18" x 8.5"
17" x 7"

Suspension

Front Suspension
MacPherson Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Four-Link
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P205/65R16
P245/45VR18
P215/55HR17
Rear Tire
P205/65R16
P245/45VR18
P215/55HR17
Spare Tire
T125/80R16
Compact
Compact

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

N/A
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic

Optional Exterior Colors

N/A
  • Carnelian Red Tintcoat
  • Pearl White Tricoat
Aurora Red Metallic

Standard Interior Materials

  • Dark Atmosphere/ Medium Ash Gray, Premium cloth seat trim
  • Cashmere, Leather-Appointed Seat Trim
  • Charcoal, Leather-Appointed Seat Trim
  • Titan Black, Cloth Seating Surfaces

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Not Available
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Leather Steering Wheel
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available

Comfort

Navigation System
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Climate Control
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Remote Engine Start
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Start
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Telematics
Standard
Not Available
Not Available

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Rear Parking Aid
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
N/A
N/A
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
N/A
Side Crash Rating
N/A
N/A
Rollover Rating
N/A

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Not Available
Standard
Not Available

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Drivetrain Note
Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years/100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Drivetrain
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Maintenance Note
1 Year/1 Visit
N/A
N/A
Roadside Assistance Note
Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years/100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Roadside Assistance
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Rust-Through
6 Years / 100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Warranty Note
Preliminary 2021 Warranty
N/A
N/A
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles