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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 33 $20,876 $21,975
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,826 $22,975
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,115 $25,385
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,806 $27,165
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,431 $20,270
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $21,917 $23,380
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $22,385 $23,880
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,272 $25,110
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 33 33 $25,116 $26,800
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,139 $28,210
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,294 $30,540
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,876
$19,431
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,975
$20,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$366 / month
$338 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek. The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.7 100.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 55.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 44.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 56.8
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 61.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 70.7
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 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 - 11.7 x 1.02
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.4 36.1
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.83
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size NA T135/906
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P215/60TR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3432 3180
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 160 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code LE5 QR25DE
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 NA
Trans Type 6 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 NA
Trans Order Code MH8 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.77 5.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer Bar & Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 6.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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