Compare 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid vs 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
2014 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
4-Door Sedan EX 35 39 $29,670 $31,995
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,350
$21,558
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,995
$22,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$433 / month
$372 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
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.
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Fuel Economy
City
36 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 57.10
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.10
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 55.00
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 100.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 36.80
Front Head Room (in)
40 39.00
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 54.30
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 57.50
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.50
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.60
Track Width, Rear (in)
63 62.00
Wheelbase (in)
110 107.80
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72 73.00
Track Width, Front (in)
63 62.20
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 NA
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 191.50
Liftover Height (in)
- NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 16.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 11.5 x - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake Type
- Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 15.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 37.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.2
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.68
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QPE
Front Tire Size
P205/65VR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QPE
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65VR16 P215/60R16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3496 3393
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Engine
Fuel System
MPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 1000 191 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA LKW
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
199 @ 5500 196 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I-4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
36 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
38 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 36
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.58
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.32 2.64
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.91
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)
3.38 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.96
Trans Order Code
NA MNH
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.3
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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