2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

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The Malibu is the roomy, comfortable choice, while the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima deliver more fun behind the wheel.

Chevrolet's sedan is on car with offerings from Toyota and Honda when it comes to rear seat passenger space, but it crushes the especially tight rear seat in the Altima.

Additionally, the Malibu is blessed with a well styled, higher-quality interior than that found in the segment-leading Toyota Camry.

Those wanting a boldly styled ride will gravitate toward the Fusion, which has the most aggressive styling, while the Honda Accord fills the other end of the design spectrum with the most elegant sheetmetal in the segment.

Not to be forgotten, the comfort-oriented Sonata is, oddly, not as quiet inside and its interior doesn't hold candle to the high-quality materials used in the Malibu and Accord.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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