Compare 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2013 Kia Optima

2013 Chevrolet Malibu
2013 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 22 34 $21,225 $21,995
4-Door Sedan LT 22 34 $22,141 $23,185
4-Door Sedan ECO 25 37 $23,860 $24,985
4-Door Sedan LTZ 22 34 $25,859 $27,365
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4-Door Sedan LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $20,400 $21,350
4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $22,095 $23,650
4-Door Sedan SX 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,225
$20,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,995
$21,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$367 / month
$356 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Thinking small makes the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu a more sporty sedan, but doesn't help its rear-seat space at all. The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.50 37.60
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.10 55.71
Front Leg Room (in)
42.10 45.47
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.00 54.65
Second Leg Room (in)
36.90 34.65
Front Head Room (in)
39.00 39.96
Second Hip Room (in)
54.30 54.49
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.50 57.28
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 102.17
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.31
Length, Overall (in)
191.50 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.60 57.28
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.00 63.03
Wheelbase (in)
107.80 110.04
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.00 72.05
Track Width, Front (in)
62.20 63.03
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.43
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.2 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)
- TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.76
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
-STDRA8 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
-STDRA8 NA
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)
3393 3223
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 3.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/150 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
197 @ 6300 200 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
191 @ 4400 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LCV NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.63
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.21
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.80
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA
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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