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Selected Style 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door DSG FWD Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
4-Door DSG FWD SULEV Komfort 22 31 $25,277 $26,995
4-Door DSG FWD PZEV Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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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
$25,277
$20,733
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,995
$21,825
Monthly Payment Estimate
$450 / month
$364 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat handles family business, performing with more grace than most mid-size models, with an understated stylishness shining through. 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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.7 37.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 39.4
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.3 97.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 42.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 61.1 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 191.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.1 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 106.7 112.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 15.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 16.3
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 40.4
Steering Type Electromechanical Electric Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/45HR17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/45HR17 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size P235/45HR17 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3331 3415
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.6 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA LE5
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 169 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.50 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.9 0.68
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.46 2.95
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.3 1.00
Trans Type 6 4
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 1.62
Trans Order Code NA MN5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Passat Sedan Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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