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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LX Manual
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Engine

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $14,765 $15,900
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 22 30 $15,715 $16,920
4-Door Sedan Automatic V6 LX 20 27 $16,805 $18,395
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 22 30 $17,030 $18,495
4-Door Sedan Automatic V6 EX 20 27 $18,150 $19,895
4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 24 34 $17,174 $18,770
4-Door Sedan LS 23 32 $19,004 $20,770
4-Door Sedan LT 23 32 $21,292 $23,270
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,765
$17,174
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,900
$18,770
Monthly Payment Estimate
$265 / month
$313 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 38.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.0 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 86.4 101.4
Second Hip Room (in) 54.4 52.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 56.1
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 41.9
Front Hip Room (in) 55.8 52.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 6.1
Length, Overall (in) 185.8 188.3
Height, Overall (in) 55.5 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8 59.3
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.6 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.87 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 9.05 x 1.57
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 16.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 38
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.76 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/60HR15 P205/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA QMR
Front Tire Size P205/60HR15 P205/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA QMR
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3281 3174
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.7 13.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.2L/134
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 5500 145 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 147 @ 3000 155 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA L61
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 34
Transmission
Trans Type 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.46 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95 1.62
Trans Order Code NA MX0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.88 3.29
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.94 0.68
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.46 2.96
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Chevrolet Malibu
Body Style 4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/coil springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.77
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Ind 4-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/coil springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Ind MacPherson
 
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