Compare 2008 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Hyundai Sonata

2008 Chevrolet Malibu
2009 Hyundai Sonata
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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 Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic PZEV Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,805
$17,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$18,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$312 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
After years of being a second-stage alternative, the Malibu is a legitimate contender for best-in-class. 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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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 105.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 188.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 16.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.0 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)
10.87 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.28
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3292
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/146 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.79
Trans Order Code
MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.55
Trans Type
4 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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