Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2010 Ford Taurus vs 2009 Toyota Camry

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2010 Ford Taurus
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2009 Toyota Camry
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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 Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 17 25 $30,928 $33,620
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 18 27 $29,263 $31,770
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 18 28 $23,323 $25,170
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 25 $26,968 $29,200
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 18 27 $25,303 $27,370
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SHO AWD 17 25 $34,663 $37,770
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 21 31 $18,678 $20,195
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 21 31 $19,593 $21,650
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 31 $20,533 $22,815
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 21 31 $23,016 $25,575
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 21 31 $17,707 $19,145
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LE 21 31 $18,643 $20,600
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 31 $19,633 $21,815
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LE 19 28 $21,793 $24,215
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 28 $22,939 $25,490
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 19 28 $25,823 $28,695
Camry Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 33 34 $23,796 $26,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$30,928
$18,678
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$33,620
$20,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$560 / month
$337 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. The 2010 Ford Taurus punches up Ford’s reputation for quality and features, with an engaging new SHO model to boost. The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 17 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 25 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large Cars Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.9 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 56.3 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 102.2 101.4
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 38.1 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.0 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 55.8 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.9 57.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 202.9 189.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 60.7 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 65.5 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 112.9 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 85.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 65.3 62.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 20.1 15.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD - 11.06 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 - 12.4 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 19 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 17.1 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 41.0 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.15 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P255/45VR19 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QGG TBQ NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P255/45VR19 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG TBQ NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 4224 3307
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 249 @ 4500 161 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAT 99W NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 3.5L/213 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 263 @ 6250 158 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 25 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 17 21
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.88 3.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.87 2.20
Trans Order Code
ME7 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.39 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.41 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 4.48 3.94
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84 1.41
Trans Type
4 6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00 0.70
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA SelectShift NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Taurus Toyota Camry
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.14 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent multi-link Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.87 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 9.3 -

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