Compare 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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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 $21,115 $22,110
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,115
$13,518
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,110
$13,865
Monthly Payment Estimate
$369 / month
$231 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Subcompact Car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 51.4
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 53.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 90.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 53.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 99.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 173.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 59.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 14.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 12.2
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 34.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA Q1H
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA Q1H
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3432 2727
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
LE5 LUW
Displacement
2.4L/145 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 138 @ 6300
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 26
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.14
Trans Order Code
MH8 M26
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.12
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.41
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.31
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Sonic
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7
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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