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Compare 2009 Nissan Altima vs 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2009 Nissan Altima
2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,860 $22,250
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $20,392 $21,750
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $24,919 $26,890
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 18 27 $24,456 $26,390
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 31 $19,078 $19,900
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,195 $21,540
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 31 $20,195 $21,540
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,728 $21,040
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $24,976 $26,650
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,800 $25,680
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $27,221 $29,380
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 18 27 $23,337 $25,180
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,860
$24,149
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,250
$25,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$426 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Nissan Altima has a sportier look and feel than most other mid-size sedans, but it's just as practical. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.6 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.4 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.7 97.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.4 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.3 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.4 13.3
Brakes
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 0.35 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.02 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 16
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 40.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
T135/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QGG
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QGG
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3118 - TBD -
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas/Electric 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 159 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
QR25DE LAT
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 164 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.78 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA ME7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.80 3.05
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Type
1 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 8

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