Compare 2011 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2011 Nissan Altima

2011 Chevrolet Malibu
2011 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 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
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
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
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.3
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.83
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
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/60TR16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3432 3180
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
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 - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
LE5 QR25DE
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 32
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
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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