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2011 Kia Optima

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

  2011 Kia Optima 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LS w/1LS Angular Front Exterior View
MSRP
$19,200
$21,975
Invoice $18,800 $20,876
MPG
City/Highway
22/39 22/33
Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features. Read Full Review The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Chiseled, handsome exterior
  • Sporty instrument-panel look
  • Perky, refined driving feel
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity

Dislikes:

  • Short, flat seats
  • Not much headroom
  • Can't get UVO and navigation together

Likes:

  • Handsome styling inside and out
  • Smooth, isolated powertrains
  • Good fuel economy (four-cylinder)
  • Refined ride

Dislikes:

  • No DVD-based navigation
  • Doesn't feel sporty, even with the V-6
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