Compare 2010 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Nissan Altima
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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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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
$20,733
$20,112
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
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 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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 Volume (ft³)
97.7 89.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 34.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 7.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.3 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.2
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
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3095
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
LE5 QR25
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
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
MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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