Compare 2009 Hyundai Sonata vs 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2009 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
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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
$17,922
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,700
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$312 / month
$360 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.4 97.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
55.3 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 16
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 40.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.28 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 16.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3292 3415
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
168 @ 4000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.4L/144 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)
32 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA MN5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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