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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $20,876 $21,975
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,826 $22,975
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,115 $25,385
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,806 $27,165
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,800
$20,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,200
$21,975
Monthly Payment Estimate
$320 / month
$366 / month
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TCC's 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. The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 55.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 45.5 42.2
Front Hip Room (in) 54.7 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.2 97.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.7 37.6
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 191.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.0 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 110.0 112.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.1 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 63.0 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 15.1
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 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) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 39.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P225/50R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3206 3432
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
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 - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 3.7 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Order Code NA LE5
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 6300 169 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System Direct Injection SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 186 @ 4250 160 @ 4500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.69 1.84
Trans Type 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.93 2.87
Trans Order Code NA MH8
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.33-3.25 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.26 4.48
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Chevrolet Malibu
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.5 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
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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