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2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
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All these mid-size sedan models are priced very closely to each other, so that shouldn't be a factor.

These five sedans all have a very different feel and different styling, though.

The Fusion has by far the boldest, most aggressive styling, while the Accord arguably looks the most elegant.

The Sonata is more comfort-oriented, but its interior isn't quite up to the standards of the Malibu or Accord, and it's not as quiet inside.

The Fusion and the Altima are more fun to drive than the Malibu, but neither of them is as roomy and comfortable inside.

Backseat room is another big differentiator; the Malibu and Camry both have very roomy backseats, as does the Accord, but the Altima's is especially tight.

And the Malibu's interior puts Toyota to shame; its attractive interior is well styled and has better-looking and better-feeling materials than much of the class.

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8.6
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After years of being a second-stage alternative, the Malibu is a legitimate contender for best-in-class.
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The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
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The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
9.0
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Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
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The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From     
$19,900$19,035$18,700$19,145$20,360$18,620
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
MidsizeMid-Size SedanLargeMid-SizeLargeMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
 
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