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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,356 $21,760
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,376 $22,280
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,959 $28,400
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $27,929 $30,560
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,018 $24,080
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $23,550 $25,760
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $25,831 $28,260
2-Door Coupe I4 2.5 S 23 32 $23,910 $25,230
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 37 $23,860 $24,985
4-Door Sedan LS 22 34 $21,225 $21,995
4-Door Sedan LT 22 34 $22,141 $23,185
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 34 $25,859 $27,365
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,356
$21,225
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,760
$21,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$363 / month
$367 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT. Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 27 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.100 37.50
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.400 57.10
Front Leg Room (in) 45.000 42.10
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.000 55.00
Second Leg Room (in) 36.100 36.90
Front Head Room (in) 40.000 39.00
Second Hip Room (in) 52.100 54.30
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.400 57.50
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.900 100.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - NA
Length, Overall (in) 191.500 191.50
Height, Overall (in) 57.900 57.60
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.400 62.00
Wheelbase (in) 109.300 107.80
Liftover Height (in) 26.900 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.000 73.00
Track Width, Front (in) 62.400 62.20
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.400 16.3
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.500 x 0.350 - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.700 x 1.020 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.000 15.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.400 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.100 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.900 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size T135/90R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA -STDRA8
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA -STDRA8
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3108 3393
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.200 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 182 @ 6000 197 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 180 @ 4000 191 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA LCV
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 31 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 34
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.91
Trans Type 1 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 0.745 2.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.828 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.45
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 4.58
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Altima Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Four-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.9 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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