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Subaru Forester vs. Chevrolet Malibu Price Comparison (MSRP)

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Subaru Forester vs. Chevrolet Malibu Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $36,515

Chevrolet Malibu Premier   
Difference: $1,512

Lowest Total Invoice: $34,855

Chevrolet Malibu Premier   
Difference: $442

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  Down Payment Interest Rate Term
Model Year20182018
Trim2.0XT TouringPremier
Body4dr SUV4dr Sedan
Base Price $36,090 $30,975
Base Invoice $33,675 $29,736
Auto-dimming rearview mirror 245  
Door sill trim plates 53  
Remote start 455  
Cargo net 68 65
All-weather floor mats 81 140
Universal garage door opener 120  
Driver Confidence Package II   995
Driver Confidence Package   1,195
Sun and Wheels Package   2,270
Auto-dimming rearview mirror 158  
Door sill trim plates 34  
Remote start 341  
Cargo net 44 59
All-weather floor mats 52 127
Universal garage door opener 78  
Driver Confidence Package II   905
Driver Confidence Package   1,087
Sun and Wheels Package   2,066
Options (change) 1,022 4,665
Options (change) 707 4,244
Destination 915 875
Total Price $38,027 $36,515
Total Invoice $35,297 $34,855

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Chevrolet Malibu

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $1,168
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $2,046
Model Year20182018
Trim2.0XT TouringPremier
Body4dr SUV4dr Sedan
Engine250hp H4250hp I4
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)23/27 MPG22/32 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)440, 8?, 9
Tire (rear if not all the same)225/55-18245/40-19
Total Price$38,027$36,515
Adjustments for Features-2,6800
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$35,347$36,515
Total Invoice$35,297$34,855
Adjustments for Features-2,4880
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$32,809$34,855

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Features Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Chevrolet Malibu

Model Year20182018
Trim2.0XT TouringPremier
Body4dr SUV4dr Sedan
Transmission and Drivetrain 
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT$1100 
9-speed manually-shiftable automatic $1400
FWD $0
AC power outlet $100
Adaptive cruise control$750 
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed $1000
Lead vehicle start alert$25 
PIN Code Access$10 
Power liftgate$350 
Remote app $25
Semi-automated parking system $500
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
Backup collision intervention$150 
Following distance indicator $25
Hill descent control$250 
Knee airbag, passenger $100
Lane sway warning$25 
Obstacle detection, front $200
Rear side airbags $300
Safety key $5
Temporary spare tire$150 
Terrain selector$200 
Torque vectoring, brake-based$100 
Cargo Management 
Cargo cover$75 
Cargo mat $40
Cargo tray$40 
Overhead sunglass holder$25 
Roof rails$250 
Climate Control and Infotainment 
4G LTE connectivity $50
Android Auto support $100
Apple CarPlay support $100
CD player$125 
HD radio$50 
MP3-compatible player$50 
Navigation map updates, three years$0 
Rear air vents $100
Rear wiper$175 
Siri Eyes Free support$0 
Telematics service, such as OnStar$300 
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigation $325
Traffic + travel information$25 
Voice control for external devices $0
Wi-Fi hotspot $50
Wiper de-icer$25 
Wireless charging station $75
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)$250 
Deep-tinted rear windows$275 
Laminated front side windows $200
Panoramic sunroof $1200
Rear spoiler$200 
Sunroof, large$1100 
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
Fog lights$125 
LED headlights$1000 
Steering-linked headlights$150 
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controls$100 
Seats and Interior Trim 
Cooled or ventilated front seats $300
Manual recliner, second row seats$75 
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat $100
Power height adjuster, passenger seat $100
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat $100
Power recliner, passenger seat $100
Power release, second row seats$50 
Upgraded floor mats $0
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Sport suspension (upgrade)$0 
Total Value of Features$9,275$6,595
Value of Feature Adjustments$2,680$0
Value of Feature Adjustments-2,4880

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Specifications Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Chevrolet Malibu

Model Year20182018
Body4dr SUV4dr Sedan
Wheelbase103.9 in111.4 in
Length180.9 in193.8 in
Width70.7 in73.0 in
Height66.4 in57.7 in
Curb Weight3,653 lb.3,388 lb.
Fuel Capacity15.9 gal.15.8 gal.
Row 1 Headroom41.4 in39.1 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room57.0 in58.5 in
Row 1 Hip Room53.9 in54.1 in
Row 1 Legroom43.0 in42.0 in
Row 2 Headroom39.8 in37.5 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room56.5 in57.1 in
Row 2 Hip Room53.0 in53.4 in
Row 2 Legroom38.0 in38.1 in
Cargo Volume,
34.4 ft315.8 ft3
Cargo Volume,
74.7 ft315.8 ft3

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Option Package Details
Chevrolet Malibu Premier

Driver Confidence Package II
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100Yes
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750No
Semi-automated parking system500No
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Total Requested30019%
Total Not Requested125081%
Driver Confidence Package
Obstacle detection, front200No
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning200Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Cross-traffic warning, rear100Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane departure prevention, steering-based200Yes
Pedestrian detection50Yes
Following distance indicator25No
Total Requested165088%
Total Not Requested22512%
Sun and Wheels Package
Universal garage door opener100Yes
Panoramic sunroof1200No
245/40R19 tires400No
Upgraded floor mats0No
Total Requested1006%
Total Not Requested160094%

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