Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Nissan Altima
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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 Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
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
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
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
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
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,416
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,605
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
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
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
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
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
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 - 11.5 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
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.37
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
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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