Compare 2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Chevrolet Malibu
2015 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 25 36 $21,678 $22,465
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 36 $22,666 $23,735
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 25 36 $24,443 $25,595
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 21 30 $25,909 $27,130
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 25 36 $26,762 $28,320
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 21 30 $28,803 $30,480
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $21,256 $22,300
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $21,031 $22,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $26,232 $28,150
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $23,041 $24,720
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 32 $24,650 $26,450
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,766 $31,950
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 32 $27,793 $29,830
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,678
$21,256
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,465
$22,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$374 / month
$372 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu ranks below our family-sedan favorites, mostly because of its back-seat space. If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.00 40
Second Hip Room (in)
54.30 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.50 56.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 101.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.50 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.10 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.10 45
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.00 54
Second Leg Room (in)
36.80 36.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.20 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
191.50 191.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.60 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.00 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.80 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 26.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.00 72
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.7
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)
11.5 x - TBD - 11.5
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.68 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60TR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3393 3108
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
191 @ 4400 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKW NA
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
196 @ 6300 182 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 -
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 -
Trans Order Code
MNH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 4.83
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 5.7 (Est)
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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