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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LX
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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
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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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
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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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 36 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 40 mpg 36 mpg
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.50
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 NA
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 191.50
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
Liftover Height (in) - NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.8 16.3
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
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
Brake Type - Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 37.4
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.68
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.2
Rear Tire Size P205/65VR16 P215/60R16
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3496 3393
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
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
Engine Type Gas/Electric I-4 Gas I4
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
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 36 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 38 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40 36
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.38 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.64 2.96
Trans Order Code NA MNH
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
Clutch Size (in) - NA
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Four-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 7.5
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
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
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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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