Compare 2010 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2011 Hyundai Sonata

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
2011 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 2.0L Automatic Ltd
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic Ltd 22 33 $25,465 $27,245
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic Ltd w/17" Wheels 22 33 $25,373 $27,145
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic Ltd w/Wine Int 22 33 $25,465 $27,245
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Automatic SE 22 33 $23,026 $24,345
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 22 35 $19,538 $20,395
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 22 35 $19,538 $20,395
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,383 $25,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd 22 35 $23,847 $25,495
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd PZEV 22 35 $23,847 $25,495
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd PZEV w/Wine Int 22 35 $23,847 $25,495
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Ltd w/Wine Int 22 35 $23,847 $25,495
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 22 35 $21,578 $22,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,593 $19,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,733
$25,465
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$27,245
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$454 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
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 2011 Hyundai Sonata takes some smart styling and performance risks to raise its profile.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 103.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 62.5
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 16.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 11.2 x 0.4
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 - 11.8 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.3 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45R18
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3338-3452
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 2.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 269 @ 1750-4500
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 274 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI GDI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA SHIFTRONIC
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.83
Trans Order Code
MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 2.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 4.65
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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