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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 $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
4-Door Sedan LS 1LS
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Subcompact Car
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.9
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 173.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 59.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1 14.9
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.0 12.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.4 34.5
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
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA Q1H
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA Q1H
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3432 2727
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
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 -
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
Displacement 2.4L/145 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 169 @ 6400 138 @ 6300
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 35
Transmission
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
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Sonic
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 5.1
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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