Compare 1997 Chevrolet Malibu vs 1997 Ford Taurus

1997 Chevrolet Malibu
1997 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A $14,155 $15,470
4-Door Sedan LS 20 29 $16,643 $18,190
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4-Door Sedan G
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan G 20 28 $16,636 $17,995
4-Door Sedan GL 20 28 $17,337 $18,985
4-Door Wagon GL 19 27 $18,414 $20,195
4-Door Sedan LX 19 28 $19,673 $21,610
4-Door Wagon LX 18 26 $20,656 $22,715
4-Door Sedan SHO 17 26 $23,990 $26,460
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,155
$16,636
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,470
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg 20 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 36.2
Passenger Capacity
5 6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 56.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
52.1 55.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 38.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.9 101.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.0 56.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 57.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.4 197.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 55.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.0 108.5
Liftover Height (in)
28.5 24.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 15.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.8 x 1.8 8.9 x 1.5
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 10.8 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.2 16.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.3 38.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.96
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R15 P205/65R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D14 T135/70R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA T32
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R15 P205/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T32
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A 1250
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A 125
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3051 3329
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4 15 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.6 11.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
103 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 540
Engine
Engine Type
Gas L4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
155 @ 4400 170 @ 3250
Engine Order Code
LD9 99U
Displacement
2.4L/146 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 5600 145 @ 5250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- TBD - 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- TBD - 20
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.13 2.26
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.63 1.54
Trans Order Code
MX0 44L
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.77
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan G
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Taurus
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 0.75
Suspension Type - Rear
MacPherson Strut Quadralink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32 36
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Indep MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.60 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32 36

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