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2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2011 Mazda Mazda6 2011 Ford Fusion
     
LS
  • LS
  • LT with 1LT
  • LT with 2LT
  • LTZ
4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring Plus
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring Plus
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
4dr Sdn S FWD
  • 4dr Sdn S FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SPORT FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn SPORT AWD

Prices

MSRP $21,975 $19,990 $19,850
Invoice $20,876 $18,481 $18,594
Avg. Paid $12,208 $12,042 $11,606

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.8 8.1 8.4
Critics' Rating 9.2 9.0 8.9
Performance 7.9 8.7 8.7
Interior 8.4 8.3 8.6
Operating Cost 8.2 8.2 8.2
Safety 9.3 9.4 8.6
Reliability 4.5 2.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Spacious interior
  • Spacious cabin and trunk
  • Lively handling
  • Sporty styling
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Engaging performance
  • Roomy cabin and trunk
Cons
  • Uncomfortable rear seat
  • Some complaints of cheap cabin materials
  • Somewhat underpowered base engine
  • A few cheap interior materials
  • Low safety scores for the class
  • Light, numb electric power steering on non-Sport models

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 2.4L/145 Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 22 City / 33 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy 22 City / 32 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 112.3 109.8 107.4
Length, Overall (in) 191.8 193.7 190.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 72.4 72.2
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.9 56.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3432 3258 3285

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Optional Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.7 101.9 100.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 39.4 38.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.5 42.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.3 57.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 55.1 54.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.3 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 38.0 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 56.5 56.5
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 55.9 53.4
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.1 16.6 16.5

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.5L/152 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 169 @ 6400 170 @ 6000 175 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 160 @ 4500 167 @ 4000 172 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 39.4 35.4 39.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 30 32
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 18.5 17.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Strut Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Independent E-Type Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Wishbone w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Stabilizer Bar

Transmission

Automatic Standard Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Optional
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard