Compare 2010 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2010 Volkswagen Passat

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
2010 Volkswagen Passat
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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 DSG Komfort FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat Sedan 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
Passat Sedan 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD PZEV 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
Passat Sedan 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV 22 31 $25,277 $26,995
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD 22 31 $26,861 $28,755
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD PZEV 22 31 $26,861 $28,755
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD SULEV 22 31 $26,526 $28,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,733
$25,412
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,825
$27,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$364 / month
$453 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
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. Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat handles family business, performing with more grace than most mid-size models, with an understated stylishness shining through.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 96.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 188.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 106.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 14.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
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 - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.3 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electromechanical
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P235/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P235/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA P235/45HR17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3415 3331
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
Fuel System
MFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas Turbocharged I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.46
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.3
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.05
Trans Order Code
MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.50
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.9
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Volkswagen Passat Sedan
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 4-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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