Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Kia Optima

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2009 Ford Fusion
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2009 Kia Optima
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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 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
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 22 32 $19,255 $20,690
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 22 32 $17,710 $18,950
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SX 22 32 $19,665 $21,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 22 32 $16,510 $17,495
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $20,095 $21,695
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SX 20 28 $20,600 $22,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$17,707
$19,255
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$19,035
$20,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$317 / month
$345 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. 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. The 2009 Kia Optima is a thoroughly competent, comfortable mid-size sedan that’s sorely lacking in personality and excitement—even with a modest spice-up for this year.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 20 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0 54.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 100.4 104.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.2 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4 57.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8 38.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.2 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 80.1 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.6 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.2 189.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 15.8 15.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.7 35.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD - 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QGG - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P205/60TR16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P205/60TR16 P205/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3181 3197
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 9.7 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - 600
Engine
Fuel System
MFI SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 156 @ 4250 169 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAT 99Z NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.3L/140 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 160 @ 6250 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 29 32 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 20 22 (Est)
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.31 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23 1.42
Trans Type
4 5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA Sportmatic shifter
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.17 3.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.84 2.06
Trans Order Code
ME7 445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 4.39 3.31
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Kia Optima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4dr Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent double wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent multi-link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 6 -

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