Compare 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2014 Kia Optima

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $21,558 $22,340
4-Door Sedan LT 25 36 $22,547 $23,610
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 36 $24,777 $25,945
4-Door Sedan LTZ 25 36 $26,261 $27,790
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4-Door Sedan LX
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,558
$20,579
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,340
$21,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
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
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.00 54.7
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.00 63
Wheelbase (in)
107.80 110
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3393 3237
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 X 6.5
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
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct 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
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.64
Trans Order Code
MNH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.88
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
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
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
Rollover Rating

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