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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $21,558 $22,340
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 36 $24,777 $25,945
4-Door Sedan LT 25 36 $22,547 $23,610
4-Door Sedan LTZ 25 36 $26,261 $27,790
4-Door Sedan LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,579 $21,500
4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
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TCC's Bottom Line Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space. The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.80 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.00 40
Second Hip Room (in) 54.30 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.50 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.3 102.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.50 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.10 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.10 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.00 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.00 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.20 63
Min Ground Clearance (in) NA 5.1
Length, Overall (in) 191.50 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.60 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.00 63
Wheelbase (in) 107.80 110
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.3 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 11.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x - TBD - 11.2
Brake Type Pwr -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.8 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.68 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 35.8
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QPE NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3393 3237
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.5 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 760
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 150
Engine
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 191 @ 4400 181 @ 4250
Engine Order Code LKW NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 196 @ 6300 192 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.39
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.75 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.58 4.21
Clutch Size (in) NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 1.80
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.84 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.96 2.64
Trans Order Code MNH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.64 2.88
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear Four-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.3 6.8 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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