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Selected Style 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
4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD
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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 AWD SE 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SEL 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SEL 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,416
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,605
$19,035
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$317 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. 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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 100.4
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 38.7
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 28.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 80.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 190.2
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 61.3
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 107.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 15.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.65 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.87 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16 17.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 38.7
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P205/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P205/60TR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - - TBD -
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3415 3181
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 9.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.3L/140
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 160 @ 6250
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 156 @ 4250
Engine Order Code LE5 99Z
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.23
Trans Type 4 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.84
Trans Order Code MN5 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 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
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer bars
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
 
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