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Features Comparison: Honda Accord vs. Chevrolet Malibu

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Accord Accord Accord Malibu Malibu Malibu
Trim LX Sport EX LS LT 2LT
Engines (show)  
2.4L I4
185 hp@6400
181 lb-ft@3900
2.4L I4
189 hp@6400
182 lb-ft@3900
2.5L I4
196 hp@6300
186 lb-ft@4400
2.0L I4
259 hp@5500
295 lb-ft@3000
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manual      
7-speed manually-shiftable CVT          
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
Drivetrains (show)  
Tires (show)  
205/65HR16 tires        
235/45VR18 tires          
215/55VR17 tires        
215/60R16 tires      
225/55HR17 tires          
235/50R18 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 160W, 4 speakers          
Unbranded, 160W, 6 speakers        
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.      
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
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 camera, passenger sideProvides a rearward view along the passenger side of the car at any speed.        
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.
Engine immobilizer (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.          
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
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      
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.    
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.          
Pandora internet radio connectivityRequires connected compatible phone.      
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.      
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.      
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 exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.      
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 white        
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
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.      
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench      
Third-row 3-person 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          
Manual height adjuster, driver seat          
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 lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.        
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.          
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Strut tower brace (optional)Improves body stiffness, for more precise handling. Value of zero because resulting body stiffness not comparable model to model.        
Touring suspension (upgrade)Less firm than a sport suspension. Only listed if an option or not standard on all trims.          

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Option Package Contents

Protection Package

Floor mats
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings

Power Convenience Package

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

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

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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