Compare 2014 Nissan Altima vs 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Nissan Altima
2014 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,971 $22,170
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,987 $22,690
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,509 $24,340
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $24,337 $26,320
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,813 $27,920
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $26,366 $28,520
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $28,488 $30,820
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $21,558 $22,340
4-Door Sedan LT 25 36 $22,547 $23,610
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 36 $24,777 $25,945
4-Door Sedan LTZ 25 36 $26,261 $27,790
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,971
$21,558
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,170
$22,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$370 / month
$372 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT. Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54 55.00
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 36.80
Front Head Room (in)
40 39.00
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 100.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 54.30
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.50
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.50
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.10
Front Leg Room (in)
45 42.10
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.00
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 107.80
Liftover Height (in)
26.9 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72 73.00
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.20
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 NA
Length, Overall (in)
191.5 191.50
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.60
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 16.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 11.7 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)
11.5 11.5 x - TBD -
Brake Type
- Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 15.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 37.4
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.68
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QPE
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QPE
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 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 16 x 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 4000 191 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA LKW
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6000 196 @ 6300
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 4.58
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.83 2.64
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA MNH
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.45
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.75
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.91
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.96
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 6.3
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 7.5
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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