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2008 Kia Optima

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

  2008 Kia Optima 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LX Front Exterior View 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
MSRP
$16,755
$21,605
Invoice $15,810 $20,416
MPG
City/Highway
20/31 22/34
Rating
6.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
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. Read Full Review The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Roomy interior
  • Spacious trunk
  • Easy maneuverability

Dislikes:

  • Conservative, anonymous styling
  • Dull interior materials
  • Anti-lock brakes not available on the base model
  • No satellite radio or Bluetooth interface

Likes:

  • Elegant interior styling and top-tier materials
  • Refined, responsive powertrains
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Feels different than rivals
  • Good roadholding

Dislikes:

  • Not very sporty
  • No screen-based nav system
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