Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2010 Ford Fusion

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2010 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 Hybrid FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD 41 36 $25,666 $27,950
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 31 $18,433 $19,695
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 22 29 $19,613 $21,225
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 18 25 $25,813 $28,115
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 22 31 $22,700 $24,655
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT AWD 17 24 $26,030 $28,355
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT FWD 18 27 $24,364 $26,505
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$25,666
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$27,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$466 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 41 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 99.8
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 36.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 80.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 11.8
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.5
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr rack & pinion w/electric variable assist
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P225/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG T7C
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P225/50VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QGG T7C
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3720
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 136 @ 2250
Engine Order Code
LAT 993
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 156 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
MFI Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 39
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 41
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 NA
Trans Order Code
ME7 44H
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously variable ratio
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 10
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 4.8

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