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Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Nissan Altima
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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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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 ULEV 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$20,112
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 89.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 53.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 7.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
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 - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 34.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/70D16
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 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3095
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
LAT QR25
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 2.35 - 0.39
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 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 NA
Trans Order Code
ME7 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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