Compare 2008 Kia Optima vs 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Kia Optima
2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,810
$20,416
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,755
$21,605
Monthly Payment Estimate
$279 / month
$360 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice. The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
37.8 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.2 97.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.7 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
186.4 191.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 112.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 15.1
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.87 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 16
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 40.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.86 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3142 3415
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
- TBD - MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
164 @ 4250 160 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA LE5
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/146.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
162 @ 5800 169 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA MN5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 0.68
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 2.95
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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