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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $31,007 $33,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav 18 26 $33,300 $36,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S 17 26 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S 18 27 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S HPT 17 26 $35,317 $38,425
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S HPT 18 27 $35,317 $38,425
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,007
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,725
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$562 / month
$360 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC’s Bottom Line The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 42.2
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.9 37.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.9 97.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.7 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.0 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 112.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 189.3 191.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.5 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x .35 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 1.1 11.65 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.1 16
Steering
Steering Type Variable Pwr Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.7 40.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size T135/80R16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P235/45WR17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/45WR17 P225/50R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3623 3415
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.5 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System PGM-FI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 233 @ 5000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA LE5
Displacement 3.2L/196 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 258 @ 6200 169 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas 4-Cyl
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 2.95
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.00
Trans Type 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.49 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 1.62
Trans Order Code NA MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.68
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Acura TL Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.72 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.07 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Double-Wishbone 4-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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