Compare 2010 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2009 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Hyundai Sonata

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
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2009 Ford Fusion
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2009 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,733 $21,825
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,579 $22,715
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,916 $25,175
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,607 $26,955
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4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SE FWD 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SEL FWD 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE AWD 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE FWD 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL AWD 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL FWD 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
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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
$20,733
$17,707
$19,056
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$19,035
$19,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$317 / month
$332 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look. The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere. 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
22 mpg 20 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3 55.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4 57.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 100.4 105.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3 43.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.2 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7 40.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.6 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.2 188.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.2 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4 107.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.3 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 80.1 72.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.8 16.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 - 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.3 17.5 17.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 38.7 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD - 3.28
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/60TR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/60TR16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3181 3327
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 9.7 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 156 @ 4250 168 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LE5 99Z NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.3L/140 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 160 @ 6250 175 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 23 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.31 3.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23 1.42
Trans Type
4 5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.17 3.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.84 2.06
Trans Order Code
MN5 445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 4.39 3.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Hyundai Sonata
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.94 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent double wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bars Double-wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 - -

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