Compare 2012 Toyota Camry vs 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Toyota Camry
2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L 25 35 $20,181 $22,055
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 25 35 $20,679 $22,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 25 35 $21,129 $23,220
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 25 35 $22,547 $24,775
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE Sport Limited Edition 25 35 $23,767 $25,995
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 21 30 $24,488 $26,910
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 21 30 $27,404 $30,115
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $21,115 $22,110
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,181
$21,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,055
$22,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$368 / month
$369 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style. It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Car Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.9 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.7 97.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 53.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
189.2 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 112.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 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)
11.1 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.0 16.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.7 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 39.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
3190 3432
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.7 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4100 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
2AR LE5
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
178 @ 6000 169 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.15 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA MH8
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Camry Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
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
Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
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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