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4dr Sedan


Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.8 x 1.8
Brake Type Power
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x 1.0
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.4

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.6
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 13.2


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 103


Engine Type Gas L4
Engine Order Code L82
Engine Order Code LD9
Engine Type Gas V6
Displacement 3.1L/191
Displacement 2.4L/146
Fuel System SFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 155 @ 5200
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 150 @ 5600
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 185 @ 4000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 155 @ 4400

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.7
Wheelbase (in) 107.0
Liftover Height (in) 28.5
Length, Overall (in) 190.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.3
Track Width, Front (in) 59.0
Height, Overall (in) 56.4

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.2

Interior Dimensions

Front Leg Room (in) 41.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.4
Second Hip Room (in) 52.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7
Front Hip Room (in) 52.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.3
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 98.9


EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - TBD -


Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.3
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -


Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style 4 Door Sedan


Suspension Type - Rear MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.60
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.94
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Spare Tire Order Code
Front Tire Size P215/60R15
Rear Tire Size P215/60R15
Spare Tire Size T125/70D14
Front Tire Order Code
Rear Tire Order Code


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A


Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.96
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD,
Trans Type 4
Trans Order Code MX0
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.42
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.05
Clutch Size (in)
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.13
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)


EPA Classification Midsize

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3051


Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4

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