Compare 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Nissan Altima

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
2017 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 49 43 $26,760 $27,875
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 36 $22,296 $23,225
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 36 $24,120 $25,125
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 33 $29,736 $30,975
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2.5 S Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2.5 S Sedan 27 39 $21,348 $22,900
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan 27 39 $26,621 $28,570
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan 26 37 $22,808 $24,470
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan 27 39 $23,729 $25,460
Altima 2.5 Sedan 27 39 $21,446 $22,500
Altima 2017.5 2.5 S Sedan 27 39 $21,348 $22,900
Altima 2017.5 2.5 SL Sedan 27 39 $26,900 $28,870
Altima 2017.5 2.5 SR Sedan 26 37 $22,808 $24,470
Altima 2017.5 2.5 SV Sedan 27 39 $24,008 $25,760
Altima 2017.5 2.5 Sedan 27 39 N/A N/A
Altima 2017.5 3.5 SL Sedan 22 32 $30,732 $32,990
Altima 2017.5 3.5 SR Sedan 22 32 N/A N/A
Altima 3.5 SL Sedan 22 32 $30,453 $32,690
Altima 3.5 SR Sedan 22 32 $26,082 $27,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,760
$21,348
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,875
$22,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$382 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid mid-sizer in the segment, punctuated by good, efficient powertrains, and a quiet ride. The 2017 Nissan Altima remains a fine mainstream choice, but rivals with newer designs offer far more technology.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 45
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 101.9
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 54
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 56.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 15.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/60TR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3366 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 179 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 177 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.5 L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 39
Transmission
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
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 4.83
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.63 - 0.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Type
NA 1
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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 - -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 5.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
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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