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Compare 2011 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2011 Kia Optima vs 2011 Toyota Camry

2011 Chevrolet Malibu
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2011 Kia Optima
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2011 Toyota Camry
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4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 22 33 $20,876 $21,975
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 22 33 $21,826 $22,975
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $24,115 $25,385
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 33 $25,806 $27,165
Select style
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
Select style
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 22 32 $19,864 $21,245
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 22 32 $20,771 $22,700
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 22 32 $21,808 $23,965
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 22 32 $24,321 $26,725
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 22 33 $18,882 $20,195
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LE 22 33 $19,810 $21,650
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 22 33 $20,898 $22,965
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LE 20 29 $23,082 $25,365
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 20 29 $24,243 $26,640
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 20 29 $27,159 $29,845
Camry Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 31 35 $24,887 $27,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,876
$23,080
$19,864
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,975
$24,700
$21,245
Monthly Payment Estimate
$366 / month
$412 / month
$354 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu isn't edgy or high-performance, but it has everything that most mid-size sedan shoppers seek. 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 Toyota Camry isn’t at the leading edge in any way, but it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan picks.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Cars Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 54.5 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.2 57.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.7 102.2 101.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.6 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 55.7 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 45.5 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.7 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 34.7 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.0 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 62.8 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.8 190.7 189.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.3 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 62.8 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
112.3 110.0 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 72.1 71.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.1 15.4 15.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.87 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD - 10.98 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD - 11.57 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 - TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 35.8 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.9 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/50R17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - T155/70D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P215/50R17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3432 3385 3307
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 3.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500 269 @ 1750 167 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.0L/122 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400 274 @ 6000 169 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI Direct Injection EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.65 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.42
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.39 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.83 1.90
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 2.88 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.38 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima Toyota Camry
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent Multi-Link Independent Dual-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD - 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.1 7.2
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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