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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 I4 Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,472 $20,360
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,376 $21,360
4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $20,912 $23,060
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $22,720 $25,060
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door I4 Manual w/Navi EX-L 22 31 $24,708 $27,260
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,416
$18,472
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,605
$20,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$339 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 58.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 56.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 106.0
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 194.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 62.6
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 110.2
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 72.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 14.0
Brakes
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 - 11.1 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) 11.65 x - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 13.08
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 37.7
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.56
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60HR16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3415 3230
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 16
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 8.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 177 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code LE5 NA
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.78
Trans Order Code MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.95 3.27
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.15
Trans Type 4 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.65
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Honda Accord Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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