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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 37 $23,860 $24,985
4-Door Sedan LS 22 34 $21,225 $21,995
4-Door Sedan LT 22 34 $22,141 $23,185
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 34 $25,859 $27,365
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door dn 2.5L Manual S S 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
4-Door dn 2.5L Manual S PZEV S 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
4-Door dn 2.5L Automatic S S 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
4-Door dn 2.5L Automatic S PZEV S 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $22,005 $22,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $22,005 $22,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,738 $28,925
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,738 $28,925
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $29,178 $30,425
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL Premium 22 31 $29,178 $30,425
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $25,150 $26,225
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $27,068 $28,225
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,660 $29,885
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $31,564 $32,915
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $28,037 $29,235
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,628 $30,895
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $32,151 $33,525
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic Wolfsburg Edition 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV Wolfsburg Edition 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,225
$19,990
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,995
$20,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$367 / month
$347 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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. Marginally less refined than the last version, today's VW Passat hits important marks with excellent diesel fuel economy, superior passenger space and top safety scores.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.00 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 36.90 39.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.00 38.3
Second Hip Room (in) 54.30 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.50 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.3 102.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.50 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.10 57.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.10 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.00 61.0
Wheelbase (in) 107.80 110.4
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.00 72.2
Track Width, Front (in) 62.20 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) NA 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 191.50 191.6
Height, Overall (in) 57.60 58.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.3 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 10.7 x 0.4
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) - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
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) 15.8 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code -STDRA8 NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code -STDRA8 NA
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) 3393 3166
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 191 @ 4400 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code LCV NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 197 @ 6300 170 @ 5700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.94 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.96 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.75 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.58 3.78
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 1.27
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson 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 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.1 7.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 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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