Compare 2008 Acura TL vs 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Acura TL
2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $31,007 $33,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav 18 26 $33,300 $36,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S 17 26 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S 18 27 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S HPT 17 26 $35,317 $38,425
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S HPT 18 27 $35,317 $38,425
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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 $20,416 $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
$31,007
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,725
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$562 / month
$360 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 37.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 97.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.8 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
189.3 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.5 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x .35 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)
11.8 x 1.1 11.65 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.7 40.4
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
T135/80R16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3623 3415
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
PGM-FI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
233 @ 5000 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
3.2L/196 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
258 @ 6200 169 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 2.14
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.07 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.72 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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