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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LT
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LT 18 28 $19,304 $20,320
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
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Engine

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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,304
$15,810
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,320
$16,755
Monthly Payment Estimate
$339 / month
$279 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a good car, offered at a slight discount, but the new, redesigned '08 Malibu is much better. The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 56.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 43.7
Front Hip Room (in) 52.4 54.5
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5 37.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.4 104.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.8
Second Hip Room (in) 52.0 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.7 57.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 188.3 186.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 107.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 71.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.0 61.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 14.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.63 x 0.55 10.3 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) 10.87 x 1.02 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36 35.5
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code QPE NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3297 3142
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 13.6 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 219 @ 3200 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code LZ4 NA
Displacement 3.5L/214 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 219 @ 5900 162 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.14 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.79
Trans Order Code MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.05 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 1.18
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.95 3.27
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.55
Trans Type 4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan LT 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Classic Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
 
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