Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2010 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Mazda MAZDA6

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2010 Ford Fusion
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2009 Mazda MAZDA6
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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
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 21 30 $23,844 $25,810
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 21 30 $19,557 $21,150
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 30 $20,895 $22,605
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 17 25 $26,099 $28,260
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 17 25 $22,299 $24,130
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 17 25 $23,169 $25,075
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 20 29 $23,016 $24,910
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 20 29 $17,601 $18,550
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 20 29 $18,729 $20,250
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 20 29 $20,067 $21,705
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$25,666
$23,844
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$27,950
$25,810
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$466 / month
$430 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.8
8.6
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. The 2009 Mazda6 could easily steal sales from the traditional class leaders if non-gearheads discover it.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 41 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 99.8 101.9
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 36.7 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3 55.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4 57.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8 37.3
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 56.9 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4 109.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 80.1 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.7 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.6 193.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 11.8 16.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - - TBD - 11.0 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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.5 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.7 35.4
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr rack & pinion w/electric variable assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD - 2.93
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
QGG T7C NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P225/50VR17 P215/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG T7C NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P225/50VR17 P215/55VR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3720 3309
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD - 17.0 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD - 17.0 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - 16.0 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD - 8.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MFI Electronic Fuel Injection MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 136 @ 2250 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAT 993 NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.5L/152 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 156 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 39 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 41 21
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA 0.93
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously variable ratio Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 - TBD - 3.62
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA 1.29
Trans Type
4 1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 - TBD - 3.41
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 NA 1.93
Trans Order Code
ME7 44H NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 - TBD - 3.86
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Mazda Mazda6
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent SLA Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar Double-Wishbone
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 E-Type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 10 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 4.8 -

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