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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 Manual GLS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,416
$17,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,605
$18,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$312 / month
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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. TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 105.4
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.1
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 38.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 188.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 16.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.87 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16 17.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 35.8
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.28
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3415 3292
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 - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Engine
Fuel System MFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LE5 NA
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 1.18
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.95 3.27
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.55
Trans Type 4 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.79
Trans Order Code MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 3.25
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Double-wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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