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2016 Toyota Camry vs 2016 Chevy Malibu near Plainfield, IL

The Camry Stands Out in the Crowded Midsize Sedan Segment

Midsize sedans are a dime a dozen, so when one of them stands out from the overcrowded segment, you know it’s worth a test drive. At Thomas Toyota of Joliet, we’ve decided to put the 2016 Toyota Camry vs the 2016 Chevy Malibu near Plainfield, IL, in a direct head-to-head battle, because they’ve both got personality, innovative technology, and room for five, but which does it better? Let’s find out in this breakdown.

Toyota and Chevrolet have two different mindsets when it comes to design. Toyota opts for something they call the J-factor: design created by synergizing social considerations and environmental safety. Chevrolet more hones in one particular aspect, eschewing others. Which mostly means that if you want a performance-oriented vehicle that still gets great gas mileage, Chevy probably can’t provide that. The 2016 Toyota Camry, on the other hand, can provide that with its sporty Special Edition trim. It adds on a sunroof, 18-inch wheels, smoked taillights, a Smart Key System1, blue interior trim, and Qi-compatible wireless charging2 to go with the unique gauges on the dash. It tops these dashing good looks off with an acceleration time from 0-60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds3 and still clocks in at 21/31/25 MPG city/hwy/combined4. The Chevy Malibu doesn’t provide any sort of special exterior sporty styling or performance on any of its trims, so you’ll have to stick with the same look and drive as everyone else.

Continuing on with our skirmish between the 2016 Toyota Camry vs the 2016 Chevy Malibu near Plainfield, IL, we’ll address the technology. When it comes to the base model, the Camry has more that comes standard. The Camry LE comes with a 6.1-inch EntuneTM5 touchscreen interface, a backup camera6, Siri® Eyes Free7, and heated mirrors,  none of which you’ll find on the 2016 Malibu. To get all of those features, you’ll have to opt for a higher trim level and then pay more to add on the stand-alone Rear Vision Camera8.

If you have kids, you’ve definitely had to break up a game of “I’m not touching you!”, so you know how important space is. The 2016 Camry provides 38.1 inches of headroom and 38.9 inches of legroom, plenty of room to keep elbows, hands, and feet in their appropriate seats. Even half an inch can be the difference between a peaceful drive and a ruckus transport, which is where the Malibu falls short. With its short wheelbase, it only gives 38.1 inches of legroom and 37.5 inches of headroom, falling short of what the Camry provides.

The midsize sedan segment can be a crowded one, we know at Thomas Toyota of Joliet. So, we hope that this comparison between the 2016 Toyota Camry vs the 2016 Chevy Malibu near Plainfield, IL, has assisted you in your buying decision and helped lead you right to us and a test drive of the winning vehicle, the 2016 Camry. We’re open six days a week, so stop by any time between Monday and Saturday! 


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1. The Smart Key System may interfere with some pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators. If you have one of these medical devices, please talk to your doctor to see if you should deactivate this system.

2. Qi wireless charging may not be compatible with all mobile phones, MP3/WMA players and like models. 1

3. Testing done on a closed course by Toyota. Always obey the speed limit and drive responsibly. 

4. 2015 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary. 

5.  Entune™ is a trademark of Toyota Motor Corporation. Always drive safely, obey traffic laws and focus on the road while driving. Services vary by phone/carrier. Functionality depends on many factors. Services subject to change. For enrollment and more details, see toyota.com/entune.

6. The backup camera does not provide a comprehensive view of the rear area of the vehicle. You should also look around outside your vehicle and use your mirrors to confirm rearward clearance. Cold weather will limit effectiveness and view may become cloudy.

7. Always drive safely, obey traffic laws and focus on the road while driving. Siri® is available only on iPhone® 4S or later, iPad® with Retina® display, iPad mini™, and iPod touch® (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri® is not available in all languages or all areas, and features vary by area. Some Siri® functionality and commands are not accessible in the vehicle. Data charges may apply. See apple.com and phone carrier for details. 

8. Safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner.  The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times.  Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety information.

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