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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 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
$20,733
$17,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$18,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$312 / 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. 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
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 105.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 55.5
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 37.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.1
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 55.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 188.9
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 16.3
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 - 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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.3 17.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.9
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
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3415 3292
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LE5 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 -
 
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