2023 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Toyota Camry vs. Nissan Altima

There are a lot of great mid-size cars on the market including the Malibu, Camry, and Altima, but how can you choose between the three? The choice becomes a little easier when you can compare them side by side. This 2023 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Toyota Camry vs. Nissan Altima comparison breakdown may help you pick the best vehicle for you.

Fuel Economy

Paying less money at the pump means more money in your wallet, so picking the car with the best gas mileage may be a determining factor for you. Between the three mid-size cars, the Nissan Altima gets the best fuel economy with an average of 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. That drops to 25 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway for the turbocharged 4-cylinder.

The base-level Camry is tied with the Altima as for fuel economy estimates, but if you opt for the 3.5-liter V6, you can expect fuel economy estimates of around 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Even though Altima has the best mileage, the others don’t score much lower. The Malibu is the second best with 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the freeway with its most fuel-efficient engine.


Price is a huge reason many people choose one vehicle over another. Out of the three, the Chevy Malibu has the lowest MSRP starting at $25,000.

The Camry and Altima both offer a 2.5L engine. With the Altima, you can expect to pay a starting MSRP of $25,290 for the base trim. The Toyota Camry is the most expensive option with a starting MSRP of $26,225 for the 2.5L engine.


All three vehicles have an excellent rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but the safest of the three is the Toyota Camry. It has a five-star rating with the NHTSA overall with five stars in the passenger frontal barrier crash rating, side crash and rollover ratings. Finally, it has a “good” Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rating.

The Nissan Altima is the next safest vehicle and also has a five-star rating with the NHTSA. The worst ratings are on the front crash rating with four stars. The IIHS rating for the Nissan is also recorded as “good.”

Finally, the Chevy Malibu is the least safe. It has only an overall score of four stars from the NHTSA, it scored lower in the side and rollover crash tests. The IIHS ratings for the Camry are not yet available.


All three vehicles offer the same basic warranty for three years or 36,000 miles, and the manufacturers also offer a similar drivetrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles.


Technology makes driving much more enjoyable, so you want a vehicle with a great entertainment system. The Toyota Camry stands out among the rest in this category because it has dual-zone climate control, six total speakers, a 7-inch touch display, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, USB ports,  proximity keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. On top of that, you’ll get an array of driver assistance features.

The next best is the Chevy Malibu since it offers an 8-inch touch display and teen driver monitoring system, while the Altima is lacking in this regard.