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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 $20,733 $21,825
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,579 $22,715
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,916 $25,175
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,607 $26,955
4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SE 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SEL 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SE 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SE 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SEL 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SEL 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,733
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$19,035
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$317 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look. The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 54.0
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 38.7
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 100.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 61.3
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 28.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 80.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 190.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 15.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.87 x - TBD - - 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 - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.3 17.5
Steering
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P205/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P205/60TR16
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 3181
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 9.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 160 @ 6250
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 156 @ 4250
Engine Order Code LE5 99Z
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.3L/140
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 29
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.84
Trans Order Code MN5 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.91 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.95 3.31
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.23
Trans Type 4 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.76
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
 
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