Compare 2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Toyota Camry

2008 Chevrolet Malibu
2009 Toyota Camry
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $18,805 $19,900
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $20,019 $21,185
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 30 $21,772 $23,040
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 24 32 $22,580 $23,895
4-Door Sedan LTZ 17 26 $25,604 $27,095
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 21 31 $17,707 $19,145
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 21 31 $18,678 $20,195
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LE 21 31 $18,643 $20,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 21 31 $19,593 $21,650
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 31 $19,633 $21,815
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 31 $20,533 $22,815
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LE 19 28 $21,793 $24,215
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 28 $22,939 $25,490
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 21 31 $23,016 $25,575
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 19 28 $25,823 $28,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,805
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$19,145
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$319 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
After years of being a second-stage alternative, the Malibu is a legitimate contender for best-in-class. The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 101.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 189.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 11.06 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3263
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 158 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 161 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/146 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.05
Trans Order Code
MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.54
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.33
Trans Type
4 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Toyota Camry
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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