Compare 2012 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2012 Ford Fusion vs 2012 Honda Accord Sedan

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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2012 Ford Fusion
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2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $21,115 $22,110
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $22,296 $23,470
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,985 $26,300
4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 17 26 $26,885 $28,300
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 22 33 $27,027 $28,600
4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 17 26 $28,539 $30,200
Select style
4-Door Sedan FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD S 22 29 $19,381 $20,705
4-Door Sedan FWD SE 23 33 $21,217 $22,975
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 23 33 $23,423 $25,425
4-Door Sedan FWD SPORT 18 27 $25,043 $27,225
4-Door Sedan FWD Hybrid 41 36 $26,437 $28,775
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 25 $26,613 $28,970
4-Door Sedan AWD SPORT 17 25 $26,797 $29,175
Select style
4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 23 34 $19,666 $21,480
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Automatic SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Manual EX 23 34 $22,334 $24,405
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 20 30 $25,048 $27,380
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 20 30 $27,191 $29,730
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 20 30 $29,198 $31,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,115
$19,381
$19,666
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,110
$20,705
$21,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$369 / month
$345 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette. The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks. Though the 2012 Honda Accord now has one of the more dated four-door sedan designs--and Bluetooth connectivity remains hard to get--its comfortable interior and perky, refined performance hit the sweet spot for families.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 29 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size Sedan Large
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.7 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 53.3 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.4 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 100.3 106.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.8 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.5 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.3 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.0 56.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.1 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.7 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.6 194.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 56.9 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.3 62.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.4 110.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.2 72.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 16.5 14.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
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)
10.9 x - TBD - - TBD - 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 17.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.0 13.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 39.0 37.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - TBD - 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T7E NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/60VR16 P215/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA T7E NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/60VR16 P215/60HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3432 3285 3217
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD - 440
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 172 @ 4500 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
LE5 99A NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5L/152 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 175 @ 6000 177 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 24 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 29 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.45 3.26
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.31 1.15
Trans Type
6 6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84 0.53
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.19 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.84 1.77
Trans Order Code
MH8 446 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 4.38 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.03 0.87
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Ford Fusion Honda Accord Sdn
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 0.9 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short-Long Arm Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.6 0.51
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.8 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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