Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Honda Accord Sedan
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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 $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
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4-Door I4 Manual LX
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 Automatic PZEV 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 Automatic PZEV 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 Automatic PZEV 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 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
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 I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
9.0
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
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 194.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 14.0
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 18.5
Steering
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
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 13.08
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/60HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3230
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16
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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 177 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Honda Accord Sdn
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.04
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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