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Features Comparison: Chevrolet Impala vs. Chevrolet Malibu

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Impala Impala Impala Malibu Malibu Malibu
Engines (show)  
2.5L I4
196 hp@6300
186 lb-ft@4400
3.6L V6 Natural Gas
230 hp@4800
218 lb-ft@4800
3.6L V6
305 hp@6800
264 lb-ft@5200
2.0L I4
259 hp@5500
295 lb-ft@3000
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Drivetrains (show)  
Tires (show)  
235/50R18 tires    
245/45VR19 tires          
215/60R16 tires      
225/55HR17 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 100W, 6 speakers      
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Unbranded, 6 speakers      
Pioneer, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.        
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.      
Cruise control
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.          
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.  
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Tool kit      
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.        
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.        
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Knee airbag, driver
Knee airbag, passenger
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.        
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.    
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.      
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.      
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire    
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat  
Cargo net
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
4G LTE connectivityHigher speed Internet connection. Monthly fee after trial period.
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.      
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.      
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.  
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.      
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.      
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.          
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.      
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.      
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Surround sound          
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.  
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for audio system        
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.      
Bright-finished mirror housings (optional)Chrome or aluminum mirrors. Only listed if optional or not standard on the base trim.      
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.      
Paint, special black      
Paint, special brown        
Paint, special red          
Paint, special white      
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.          
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.    
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.          
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.      
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.    
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.        
Outside temperature display    
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.          
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights          
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.        
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors      
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats        
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.          
Leather-wrapped steering wheel        
Metal pedals      
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.        
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat    
Power recliner, driver seat  
Power recliner, passenger seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.        
Special interior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.          
Synthetic suede insertsSeating surfaces are part cloth or vinyl, part synthetic suede.          
Upgraded floor mats          
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels    
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.          

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Option Package Contents

Convenience Package

Obstacle detection, rear

Premium Audio and Sport Wheels Package

Interior ambient lighting
245/45VR19 tires

Premium Audio Package

AC power outlet
Surround sound
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)

Navigation Package

Navigation system
Proximity key
Voice control for nav and audio
Speed limit information

Convenience Package

Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Obstacle detection, rear
Rearview camera
Upgraded floor mats

Advanced Safety Package

Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Forward collision alert

Premium Seating Package

Synthetic suede inserts

Protection Package

Floor mats
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings

Power Convenience Package

Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Rearview camera
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
225/55HR17 tires

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Universal garage door opener
Rearview camera
AC power outlet
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Pioneer, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Advanced Safety Package

Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Forward collision alert

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings

Leather Package

Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat

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