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Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Hyundai Sonata

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2009 Hyundai Sonata
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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 Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic GLS PZEV 22 32 $19,056 $19,900
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic Limited PZEV 22 32 $22,959 $24,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE PZEV 21 32 $20,867 $22,050
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS 21 32 $17,922 $18,700
Sonata 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 32 $19,436 $20,520
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 29 $21,466 $22,450
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic Limited 19 29 $24,809 $26,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 29 $22,737 $24,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$19,056
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$19,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$332 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 105.4
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 188.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 16.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.28
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3327
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - NA
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAT NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 175 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 22
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.06
Trans Order Code
ME7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.42
Trans Type
4 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.81
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 7

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