Compare 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2012 Toyota Camry

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Toyota Camry
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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 I4 Automatic L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L 25 35 $20,181 $22,055
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 25 35 $20,679 $22,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 25 35 $21,129 $23,220
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 25 35 $22,547 $24,775
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE Sport Limited Edition 25 35 $23,767 $25,995
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 21 30 $24,488 $26,910
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 21 30 $27,404 $30,115
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,115
$20,181
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,110
$22,055
Monthly Payment Estimate
$369 / month
$368 / 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 redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 38.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 58.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 102.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 189.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
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)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 17.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 36.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3432 3190
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 4.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 170 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
LE5 2AR
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 178 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 25
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.42
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.90
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.63
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Toyota Camry
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.7
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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