Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Dodge Avenger vs 2009 Ford Fusion

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2009 Dodge Avenger
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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 $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
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4-Door Sedan SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $18,994 $20,515
4-Door Sedan SXT 21 30 $19,880 $21,500
4-Door Sedan R/T 16 27 $23,404 $25,415
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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
$20,416
$18,994
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,605
$20,515
$19,035
Monthly Payment Estimate
$360 / month
$342 / month
$317 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. Styling and roominess are reasons to consider the 2009 Dodge Avenger, but otherwise it simply doesn’t stack up. 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 21 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 30 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-size Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.2 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.4 57.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.3 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.3 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.4 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 53.2 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 100.5 100.4
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 36.2 37.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.0 38.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.8 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.2 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.9 190.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.9 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.8 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 108.9 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.7 28.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.8 80.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 13.4 15.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - NA - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x 1.4 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.5 x 1.0 - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16.9 17.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.5 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 36.5 38.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.3 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - TPX - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/65R16 P205/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - TPX - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - TBC - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/65R16 P205/60TR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3243 3181
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.2 9.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 173 @ 6000 160 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 166 @ 4400 156 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LE5 ED3 99Z
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144 2.3L/140
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 30 29
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.21 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.57 1.84
Trans Order Code
MN5 DFF 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.91 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.69 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 2.84 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.23
Trans Type
4 4 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.76
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Dodge Avenger Ford Fusion
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA multi-link w/Stabilizer bars
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Independent double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 NA 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson w/Stabilizer bars
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7 6

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