Compare 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic vs 2009 Pontiac G6

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
2009 Pontiac G6
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4-Door Sedan LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LT 18 28 $19,304 $20,320
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4-Door Sedan w/1SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan w/1SV 22 30 $18,889 $19,275
4-Door Sedan w/1SA 22 30 $19,363 $20,490
4-Door Sedan w/1SB 22 30 $20,000 $21,165
2-Door Coupe w/1SB 22 30 $20,997 $22,220
2-Door Coupe GT w/1SA 17 26 $22,755 $24,080
4-Door Sedan GT w/1SA 17 26 $22,850 $24,180
2-Door Coupe GT w/1SB 17 26 $23,256 $24,610
4-Door Sedan GT w/1SB 17 26 $23,350 $24,710
2-Door Coupe GXP w/1SA 17 26 $26,913 $28,480
4-Door Sedan GXP w/1SA 17 26 $27,008 $28,580
2-Door Coupe GXP w/1SB 17 26 $27,367 $28,960
4-Door Sedan GXP w/1SB 17 26 $27,461 $29,060
2-Door Convertible GT w/1SA 17 26 $30,117 $31,870
2-Door Convertible GT w/1SB 17 26 $30,523 $32,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,304
$18,889
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,320
$19,275
Monthly Payment Estimate
$339 / month
$321 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a good car, offered at a slight discount, but the new, redesigned '08 Malibu is much better. The 2009 Pontiac G6 models have appealing styling inside and out, but they fail to wow in most other respects.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 110.1
Second Hip Room (in)
52.0 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 36.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 55.4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 52.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.3 189.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 14.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x 1.02 10.9 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)
10.63 x 0.55 10.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 36.0
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPE - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/55R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3297 3305
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
219 @ 5900 164 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
219 @ 3200 156 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
LZ4 LE5
Displacement
3.5L/214 2.4L/145
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.62
Trans Order Code
MN5 MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 2.96
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Classic Pontiac G6
Body Style
4 Door Sedan LT Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.7
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.8
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Four-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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