Compare 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic vs 2009 Ford Fusion

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
2009 Ford Fusion
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4-Door Sedan LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LT 18 28 $19,304 $20,320
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4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SE 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SEL 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SE 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SEL 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SE 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SEL 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,304
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,320
$19,035
Monthly Payment Estimate
$339 / month
$317 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a good car, offered at a slight discount, but the new, redesigned '08 Malibu is much better. The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 54.0
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 100.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.0 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.4
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
188.3 190.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 80.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.63 x 0.55 - 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)
10.87 x 1.02 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 38.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 16.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPE - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3297 3181
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.6 9.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
219 @ 3200 156 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LZ4 99Z
Displacement
3.5L/214 2.3L/140
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
219 @ 5900 160 @ 6250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23
Trans Type
4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.84
Trans Order Code
MN5 445
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan LT 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Classic Ford Fusion
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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