Compare 2010 Nissan Altima vs 2010 Chevrolet Malibu

2010 Nissan Altima
2010 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,078 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $21,505 $22,940
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $21,973 $23,440
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $22,727 $24,520
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $25,097 $26,780
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $25,732 $27,770
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $27,888 $30,100
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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 $20,733 $21,825
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,579 $22,715
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,916 $25,175
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,607 $26,955
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,078
$20,733
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$21,825
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$364 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals. The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.7 97.7
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 70.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 15.1
Brakes
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)
11.5 x 0.35 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.02 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 16.3
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 40.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
T135/906 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3180 3415
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
QR25DE LE5
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 169 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 - 0.44 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Type
1 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.78 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.12 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 7.2

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