Compare 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Chevrolet Malibu
2013 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 22 34 $21,225 $21,995
4-Door Sedan LT 22 34 $22,141 $23,185
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 37 $23,860 $24,985
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 34 $25,859 $27,365
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,356 $21,760
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,376 $22,280
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,018 $24,080
2-Door Coupe I4 2.5 S 23 32 $23,910 $25,230
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $23,550 $25,760
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $25,831 $28,260
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,959 $28,400
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $27,929 $30,560
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,225
$20,356
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,995
$21,760
Monthly Payment Estimate
$367 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all. Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.90 36.100
Front Head Room (in)
39.00 40.000
Second Hip Room (in)
54.30 52.100
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.50 56.400
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 101.900
Second Head Room (in)
37.50 37.100
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.10 56.400
Front Leg Room (in)
42.10 45.000
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.00 54.000
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA 26.900
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.00 72.000
Track Width, Front (in)
62.20 62.400
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.50 191.500
Height, Overall (in)
57.60 57.900
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.00 62.400
Wheelbase (in)
107.80 109.300
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.400
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.700 x 1.020
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)
- TBD - 11.500 x 0.350
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18.000
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.900
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 16.400
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.100
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
-STDRA8 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/90R16
Front Tire Order Code
-STDRA8 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3393 3108
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.200
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
191 @ 4400 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LCV NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
197 @ 6300 182 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 27
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.828
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 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)
2.94 0.745
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 5.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
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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