Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Hyundai Sonata vs 2009 Toyota Camry

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2009 Hyundai Sonata
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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 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
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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
$19,056
$18,678
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$19,900
$20,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$332 / month
$337 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
7.6
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. 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 22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.4 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.1 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 55.3 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4 57.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.7 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 55.5 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 105.4 101.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.1 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.0 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 188.9 189.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 16.3 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 11.65 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - 11.06 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.7 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.28 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.9 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 35.8 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QGG NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3327 3307
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 175 @ 6000 158 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 168 @ 4000 161 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAT NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.42 1.41
Trans Type
4 5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73 0.70
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.81 3.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.06 2.20
Trans Order Code
ME7 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.77 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.03 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.79 3.94
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata Toyota Camry
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 1.02 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 7 7

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