Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Buick VERANO VS 2017 Chevrolet Malibu In IA

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2017 Buick VERANO

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2017 Buick VERANO

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Buick Verano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Malibu doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Verano and the Malibu have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick Verano is safer than the Chevrolet Malibu:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Stress

111 lbs.

937 lbs.

Neck Compression

27 lbs.

29 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

47/110 lbs.

186/153 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

75 lbs.

173 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

51/126 lbs.

173/196 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Buick Verano is safer than the Chevrolet Malibu:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Verano comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Malibu’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Verano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Malibu. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Malibu ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Verano’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Malibu runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (180 vs. 160) than the Malibu’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Verano is faster than the Chevrolet Malibu 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.5 MPH

84.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Verano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Malibu Premier requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Verano has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Malibu 1.5 Turbo’s standard fuel tank (15.6 vs. 13 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Verano stops shorter than the Malibu:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Verano has larger standard tires than the Malibu (225/50R17 vs. 205/60R16).

The Verano’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Malibu L/LS’ standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Verano has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Malibu L/LS.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Verano’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Malibu’s (36 feet vs. 37 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Verano is 9.9 inches shorter than the Malibu, making the Verano easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Verano easier. The Verano’s trunk lift-over height is 29.4 inches, while the Malibu’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Verano’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Malibu’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Verano’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Malibu LT/Premier’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Verano has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Malibu Premier.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Verano is less expensive to operate than the Malibu because typical repairs cost much less on the Verano than the Malibu, including $9 less for a water pump, $206 less for an alternator, $39 less for fuel injection, $15 less for a fuel pump, $176 less for front struts and $27 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Buick Verano has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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