Compare 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic vs 2008 Kia Optima

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic
2008 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LT 18 28 $19,304 $20,320
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,304
$15,810
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,320
$16,755
Monthly Payment Estimate
$339 / month
$279 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a good car, offered at a slight discount, but the new, redesigned '08 Malibu is much better. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 38.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 54.5
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 104.2
Second Hip Room (in)
52.0 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.3 186.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 107.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 61.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 14.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.63 x 0.55 10.3 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)
10.87 x 1.02 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 35.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QPE NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3297 3142
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.6 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
219 @ 3200 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LZ4 NA
Displacement
3.5L/214 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
219 @ 5900 162 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 21
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.79
Trans Order Code
MN5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.55
Trans Type
4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.42
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan LT 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Classic Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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