Compare 2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs 2010 Chevrolet Malibu

2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
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4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV *Ltd Avail*
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door DSG FWD SULEV Komfort 22 31 $25,277 $26,995
4-Door DSG FWD Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
4-Door DSG FWD PZEV Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
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
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 15.1
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.3
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 40.4
Steering Type
Electromechanical Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P235/45HR17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3331 3415
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front 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
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Sedan Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style
4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 7.2

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