Compare 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid w/1HY
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Hybrid w/1HY 47 46 $26,659 $27,770
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 37 $21,516 $21,625
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 37 $22,195 $23,120
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 37 $24,019 $25,020
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $27,475 $28,620
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/1LZ 27 37 $27,955 $29,120
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 33 $29,683 $30,920
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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 39 $21,446 $22,500
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 39 $21,348 $22,900
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 39 $26,621 $28,570
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SR 26 37 $22,808 $24,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 39 $23,729 $25,460
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,895 $32,090
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SR 22 32 $25,524 $27,390
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,659
$21,446
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,770
$22,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$463 / month
$375 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu lineup skips performance models, plush luxury appointments, and all-wheel drive; yet the driving experience, comfortable cabin, and frugal numbers may convince you to trade in that Camry, Accord, or Fusion. A new SR model brings some driving fun back to the 2016 Nissan Altima, while preserving its mainstream family-sedan appeal.
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Fuel Economy
City
47 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
46 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 56.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 101.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 45
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 54
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 36.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 72
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 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)
- 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)
13.0 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 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)
3457 3197
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 182 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
46 39
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
47 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.63 - 0.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Type
NA 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Order Code
MKE NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 4.83
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
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
3.8 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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