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 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
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4-Door Sedan R/T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avenger 4-Door Sedan R/T 21 30 $20,855 $22,450
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $18,994 $20,515
Avenger 4-Door Sedan SXT 21 30 $19,458 $20,915
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4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SE FWD 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SEL FWD 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE AWD 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE FWD 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL AWD 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL FWD 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$20,855
$17,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$22,450
$19,035
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$374 / 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
26 mpg 21 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
34 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)
13.3 13.4 15.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.5 x 1.0 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 10.3 x 0.4 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16.9 17.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG TMP - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R17 P205/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QGG TMP - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - TBC - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R17 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)
- TBD - 3245 3181
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.2 9.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 173 @ 6000 160 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 166 @ 4400 156 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LAT ED3 99Z
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144 2.3L/140
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 21 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 30 29
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.76
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
ME7 DFF 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 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
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 NA 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
8 7 6

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