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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 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,416
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,605
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$310 / 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. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 55.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 44.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 56.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 100.7
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.6
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 189.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 60.8
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 70.7
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 60.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 15.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.87 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type Pwr Power
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 - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 36.1
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T135/90D16
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
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3415 3112
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code LE5 QR25
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 23
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.95
Trans Order Code MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 1.06
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.95 3.50
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.39
Trans Type 4 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.37
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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