Compare 2012 Honda Accord Sedan vs 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Honda Accord Sedan
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,666
$21,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,480
$22,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$369 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
54.3 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.0 97.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.9 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
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)
18.5 16.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.1 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3217 3432
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 525
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4300 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
177 @ 6500 169 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA MH8
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.26 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.84
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.53 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Honda Accord Sdn Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.51 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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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