Compare 2010 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2010 Ford Fusion
2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD S 22 31 $18,433 $19,695
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 22 29 $19,613 $21,225
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 22 31 $22,700 $24,655
4-Door Sedan FWD SPORT 18 27 $24,364 $26,505
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 18 25 $25,813 $28,115
4-Door Sedan AWD SPORT 17 24 $26,030 $28,355
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,433
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,695
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$328 / month
$360 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 97.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.7 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.5 15.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.65 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)
- TBD - 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 16
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 40.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion w/electric variable assist Electric Pwr
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
T6M - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P205/60VR16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
T6M - TBD -
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)
3285 3415
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99A LE5
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 169 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.62
Trans Order Code
446 MN5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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