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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 21 31 $16,989 $18,570
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 21 31 $17,951 $19,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LE 21 31 $17,921 $20,025
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 21 31 $18,860 $21,075
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 31 $18,902 $21,240
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 31 $19,792 $22,240
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LE 19 28 $21,038 $23,640
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 28 $22,174 $24,915
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 21 31 $22,250 $25,000
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 19 28 $25,026 $28,120
Select style
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
$16,989
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,570
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$310 / month
$360 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Toyota Camry won't set hearts racing, but it's still one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy sedan. 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
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 97.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
189.2 191.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.06 x - TBD - 10.87 x - 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)
11.65 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 40.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T155/70D17 - 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 -
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P225/50R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 3415
Wheels
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)
17 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6000 169 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Camry Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link 4-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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