Compare 2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Ford Fusion

2008 Chevrolet Malibu
2009 Ford Fusion
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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 $18,805 $19,900
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $20,019 $21,185
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 30 $21,772 $23,040
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 24 32 $22,580 $23,895
4-Door Sedan LTZ 17 26 $25,604 $27,095
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4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SE 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SEL 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SE 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SEL 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SE 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SEL 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,805
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$19,035
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$317 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
After years of being a second-stage alternative, the Malibu is a legitimate contender for best-in-class. 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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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 100.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 80.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - - 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)
11.65 x - TBD - - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPE - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60TR16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3181
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 9.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 156 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LE5 99Z
Displacement
2.4L/146 2.3L/140
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 160 @ 6250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 23
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.84
Trans Order Code
MN5 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23
Trans Type
4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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