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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 24 32 $17,354 $18,365
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 32 $21,796 $23,065
4-Door Sedan SS 19 26 $21,607 $22,865
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 24 32 $15,464 $16,365
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 32 $18,772 $19,865
4-Door Sedan LT w/0LT 24 32 $16,882 $17,865
2006.5 4-Door Sedan LX Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $15,245 $16,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 22 30 $16,405 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Automatic V6 LX 20 27 $17,555 $19,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 22 30 $17,605 $19,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic V6 EX 20 27 $18,625 $20,400
2006.5 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 24 34 $15,435 $16,355
2006.5 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 34 $16,500 $17,650
2006.5 4-Door Sedan Automatic V6 LX 22 30 $17,995 $19,345
2006.5 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 34 $18,045 $19,395
2006.5 4-Door Sedan Automatic V6 EX 22 30 $18,890 $20,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,464
$15,435
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,365
$16,355
Monthly Payment Estimate
$273 / month
$273 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5 37.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.4 104.2
Second Hip Room (in) 52.0 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.7 57.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 71.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.0 61.5
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 14.8
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.1 x 1.6 NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.0 16.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0 35.5
Steering Type Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/65R15 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QMR NA
Front Tire Size P205/65R15 P205/60HR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code QMR NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3174 3142
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 13.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement 2.2L/134 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 144 @ 5600 161 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 155 @ 4000 163 @ 4250
Engine Order Code L61 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 34
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.55
Trans Type 4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.97
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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 MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.63 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) 2.96 3.27
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan LS 4dr Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA McPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
 
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