Compare 2010 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2010 Ford Fusion vs 2010 Nissan Altima

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
X
2010 Ford Fusion
X
2010 Nissan Altima
X
Select style
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
Select style
4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD 41 36 $25,666 $27,950
Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD 22 31 $18,433 $19,695
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD 22 29 $19,613 $21,225
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 18 25 $25,813 $28,115
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 22 31 $22,700 $24,655
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT AWD 17 24 $26,030 $28,355
Fusion 4-Door Sedan SPORT FWD 18 27 $24,364 $26,505
Select style
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 $21,973 $23,440
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $21,505 $22,940
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $25,732 $27,770
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $27,888 $30,100
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,078 $19,900
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $25,097 $26,780
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $22,727 $24,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,733
$25,666
$21,973
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$27,950
$23,440
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$466 / month
$391 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.8
8.2
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. If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion. The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 41 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 36 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0 54.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 36.7 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4 53.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 99.8 89.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 80.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.6 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 56.9 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 11.8 7.4
Brakes
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 - 11.7 x 1.02
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 - - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.3 17.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD - 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 37.7 34.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr rack & pinion w/electric variable assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/50VR17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T7C NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/50VR17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact T135/706
Front Tire Order Code
NA T7C NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3720 3118
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD - 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - 110
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 136 @ 2250 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
LE5 993 QR25DE
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 156 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 39 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 36 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 41 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 - TBD - 5.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously variable ratio Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 - TBD - 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA NA
Trans Type
4 1 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 - TBD - 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 NA NA
Trans Order Code
MN5 44H NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent SLA Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.94 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 4.8 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 10 7

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!