Comparison - Acura RLX Sport Hybrid 2018 - vs - Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 2018

General

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Model: 
Average Price: 
61,900
Updated: 
05 Jun 2018
27,875
Updated: 
07 Jun 2018
Car Type: 
Car
Car
Year: 
2018
2018
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
7-speed Automatic
2-speed
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
no
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.10gals
13.00gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Platinum White Pearl
#D4D4D2
Lunar Silver Metallic
#7E828A
Modern Steel Metallic
#424346
Fathom Blue Pearl
#0D3360
Gilded Pewter Metallic
#554C44
Majestic Black Pearl
#161415
Brilliant Red Metallic
#890C1D
Color: 
Summit White
#E1EAEF
Mosaic Black Metallic
#0E0E0E
Sandy Ridge Metallic
#BC9E96
Cajun Red Tintcoat
#B50025
Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
#DDDDDB
Silver Ice Metallic
#9AA3AA

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

It may not have the bulletproof branding of some competitors, but the RLX is not without charms. Its old beak grille has finally been replaced by a prettier pentagonal nose, and a sharp 10-speed automatic now pairs to the standard 310-hp V-6 engine. Our choice is the Sport Hybrid, which uses a 377-hp powertrain derived from the one used in the NSX and has Acura’s SH-AWD system to aid handling. We like driving the RLX, but the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still stings.

Pros
Strong performance,
comfortable seats,
standard driver aids,
high value.

Cons
Invisible styling,
slow navigation system,
complex two-screen infotainment interface,
subpar paint quality.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2018 Acura RLX ranked #9 in Luxury Large Cars. Currently the Acura RLX has a score of 7.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Comfortable, spacious seats
Refined, fuel-efficient powertrains
Lots of standard safety features

Cons
Small trunk and no folding rear seats
Unexciting handling and firm ride
Dull interior styling

By: 
usnews.com

The Acura RLX receives a variety of updates for 2018. They include new front-end styling, new front seats, an upgraded suite of driver safety aids, a retuned suspension, a new 10-speed transmission for the front-wheel-drive trim (called P-AWS), and a slightly smaller battery in the Sport Hybrid. Acura has simplified the RLX's trim levels as well.

PROS
Sport Hybrid model offers fast, fuel-efficient acceleration
Long list of standard safety and convenience features
Spacious cabin and seating, especially for rear passengers

CONS
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available
Steering feels disconnected from the road
Interior design looks dated
Dual-screen infotainment system isn't intuitive to use

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ranked #8 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Excellent gas mileage
Spacious seats
User-friendly infotainment system

Cons
High starting price
Battery pack restricts trunk pass-through opening

By: 
usnews.com

Pros
Rear legroom
Multimedia system
Ride and handling
Gas mileage (hybrid)
Refined lane departure prevention

Cons
No interior trunk release button
Cabin materials and design (base and middle trims)
Road noise
2.0-liter engine prefers premium gas

By: 
cars.com

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu stands out in the midsize sedan field for its sharp looks and mix of appealing qualities. It's loaded with technology and offers a roomy interior. There's also a range of engine choices, including a hybrid option. Overall, we think it's a solid pick.

PROS
Spacious interior with lots of front-seat headroom
Hybrid trim offers high efficiency and brisk acceleration
Responsive and intuitive 8-inch touchscreen interface

CONS
Limited outward visibility
Six-speed automatic can be unrefined at low speed
Lackluster acceleration from the base 1.5-liter engine

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
28.00mpg
49.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
29.00mpg
43.00mpg
Engine type: 
Hybrid
Hybrid

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
16
Cylinders: 
6
V
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.50L
1.80L
Torque: 
341ft-lbs
at 4 700rpm
Horsepower: 
377hp
at 6 500rpm
Turning Circle: 
40.50Feet
37.00Feet
Cam Type: 
Single overhead cam (SOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
yes
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Keyless Ignition
Sun Sensor
Keyless Ignition
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Sun Sensor

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
197.80in
193.80in
Width: 
74.40in
73.00in
Height: 
57.70in
57.60in
Ground Clearance: 
4.50in
Wheel Base: 
112.20in
111.40in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
37.60
39.10
Front Hip Room: 
55.90in
54.10in
Front Leg Room: 
42.30in
42.00in
Front Shoulder Room: 
59.60in
58.50in
Rear Head Room: 
36.90
37.50
Rear Hip Room: 
54.50in
53.40in
Rear leg room: 
38.80in
38.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
57.00in
57.10in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
12.00cu.ft
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
12.00cu.ft
11.60cu.ft
Curb Weight: 
4380.00lbs

Instruments

Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
no
Front Seats Features: 
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Premium Leather
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Premium Cloth
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
6 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Rear Seats Features: 
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Folding Center Armrest
Multi-Level Heating
Folding center armrest
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Rear Ventilation Ducts

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Krell Premium Brand Speakers
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
14 Total Speakers
1 Subwoofer(S)
USB Connection
6 Total Speakers
USB Connection
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
19 X 8.0
17 X 8.0
Wheels more: 
All Season Tires
Painted Alloy Wheels
All Season Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
40
Diameter: 
R19
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated front disc brakes
Ventilated front disc brakes
Rear brakes: 
solid rear disc brakes
solid rear disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
no
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
LED Headlamp
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt

Options

Packages: 
Leather Package
Convenience And Technology Package
Driver Confidence Package
Portable Media Connectivity Package
Appearance Package
Exterior Options: 
Front License Plate Bracket
Dark Chrome Horizontal Leading Edge Grille
18" Aluminum Wheels
Custom Molded Front And Rear Splash Guards
Power Sunroof
Gloss Black Grille
Wheel Locks
Black Bowtie
Crystal Claret Red Horizontal Leading Edge Grille
Alternate Finish Mirror Caps
Interior Options: 
Sport Pedal Kit
Collapsible Cargo Area Organizer
Stainless Steel Door Sill Plates
Carpeted Floor Mats
All-Weather Floor Mats
Chevrolet MyLink Radio W/Navigation

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Ebony
#515050
Graystone
#7F7F7F
Seacoast
#BEB599
Espresso
#3F241C