Compare 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2008 Kia Optima

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2008 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Hybrid 26 34 $24,149 $25,555
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 30 $20,416 $21,605
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 30 $21,267 $22,505
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $23,346 $24,705
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,401 $26,880
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $18,510 $19,895
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $16,960 $18,150
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 21 31 $15,810 $16,755
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $19,350 $20,900
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LX 20 28 $18,460 $19,845
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,149
$18,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,555
$19,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$426 / month
$332 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way. 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
26 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 104.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 186.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 107.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 14.8
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 35.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QGG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3179
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 7.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/146.5 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6400 162 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
159 @ 5000 164 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LAT NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.42
Trans Type
4 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Sportmatic shifter
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.14 3.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 2.06
Trans Order Code
ME7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.79
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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