2018 Buick LaCrosse vs 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Gray 2018 Buick LaCrosse on left "vs" gray 2018 Chevy Malibu on right

After only a little bit of research you have narrowed down your new vehicle options to the 2018 Buick LaCrosse and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. They both have the updated and aerodynamic exterior design that you’ve been looking for as well as a powerful and efficient drivetrain, but you need to know what the differences are between the two to help with your final decision. When choosing between two similar vehicles it is important to determine what features and options are most important to you and how much it will cost to attain those features in the vehicle you purchase. Nobody wants to pay extra for a feature they could have gotten standard on another vehicle. So, for your purchasing power here is a breakdown of the similarities and differences between the 2018 Buick LaCrosse and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.

2018 Buick LaCrosse


2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2.5L 4-Cylinder w/ eAssist Standard Engine 1.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder
Available All-Wheel Drive Not Available
194 Horsepower 160
187 LB-FT Torque 184 LB-FT

Features & Options

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu are available in four trim levels and can be equipped with multiple engines. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse makes a 3.6L V6 engine with a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission an option on the three upper trim levels for increased power under the hood. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers a 2.0L 4-Cylinder engine only on its top trim level and still doesn’t provide the power that the LaCrosse’s 3.6L V6 delivers. Both the 2018 Buick LaCrosse and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu have interior seating for five passengers, but the 2018 LaCrosse passengers enjoy more standard interior technology and safety features than the 2018 Malibu’s. Standard safety features like a Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist are included with all trim levels of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse, while they are only available as an upgrade on the 2018 Chevy Malibu. Also, amenities like an 8” Color Touchscreen and Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control come standard on the 2018 Buick LaCrosse’s base trim package, while they don’t come standard on the Chevy Malibu until its top trim level. With more base features and a more powerful drivetrain, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse is the clear choice over the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. You can experience all that the 2018 Buick LaCrosse has to offer at Davenport Autopark today.

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