Malibu

Corolla

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Malibu Hybrid has larger tires than the Corolla Hybrid (225/55R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Malibu Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Malibu Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Corolla Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Malibu Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Corolla Hybrid (111.4 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Malibu Hybrid is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Corolla Hybrid.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Malibu Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Malibu Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the Corolla Hybrid is rated a Compact.

The Malibu Hybrid has 14.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hybrid (102.9 vs. 88.6).

The Malibu Hybrid has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 9.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla Hybrid.

Towing

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The Malibu Hybrid has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Corolla Hybrid has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Malibu Hybrid has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Malibu Hybrid’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Corolla Hybrid does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Malibu Hybrid’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Malibu Hybrid has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla Hybrid.

On extremely cold winter days, the Malibu Hybrid’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Malibu Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Malibu Hybrid and the Corolla Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Malibu Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Malibu Hybrid’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Corolla Hybrid’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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