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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS
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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 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 GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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8.6
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 43.7 42.2
Exterior Dimensions
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 -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.3 15.1
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 16
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 40.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3292 3415
Wheels
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 -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.3 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 175 @ 6000 169 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System MPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 168 @ 4000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Hyundai Sonata Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.02 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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