Compare 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
2018 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 $26,803 $27,920
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 36 $22,387 $23,320
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 36 $24,211 $25,220
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 32 $29,779 $31,020
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2.5 S Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2.5 S Sedan 27 38 $21,683 $23,260
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan 27 38 $27,124 $29,110
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan 26 37 $22,669 $24,320
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan 27 38 $24,148 $25,910
Altima 3.5 SL Sedan 22 32 $31,328 $33,630
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,803
$21,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,920
$23,260
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms. The 2018 Nissan Altima does almost nothing out of the ordinary.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 45
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 101.9
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 62.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 15.4
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 18
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 37.4
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/60TR16
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
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)
3366 3212
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 X 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.5 L/152
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 38
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Type
NA 1
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Nissan Altima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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 - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
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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