Compare 2010 Ford Taurus vs 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2010 Ford Taurus
2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan FWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 18 28 $23,323 $25,170
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 27 $25,303 $27,370
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $26,968 $29,200
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 27 $29,263 $31,770
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 25 $30,928 $33,620
4-Door Sedan AWD SHO 17 25 $34,663 $37,770
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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
$23,323
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,170
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$420 / month
$360 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Ford Taurus punches up Ford’s reputation for quality and features, with an engaging new SHO model to boost. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
55.8 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 97.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.3 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
202.9 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
60.7 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.5 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
30.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
85.7 70.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
20.1 15.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x - 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)
13.0 x - TBD - 10.87 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)
20 16
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 40.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.15 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TCK - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
TCK - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P225/50R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4015 3415
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99W LE5
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 169 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.62
Trans Order Code
44J MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.10 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent multi-link 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 0.75
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7

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