Compare 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2014 Kia Optima

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan ECO w/2SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan ECO w/2SA 25 36 $24,777 $25,945
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 25 36 $21,558 $22,340
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 36 $22,547 $23,610
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 25 36 $24,175 $25,315
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT 21 30 $25,641 $26,850
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/1LZ 25 36 $26,261 $27,790
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ 21 30 $28,302 $29,950
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,579 $21,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan EX 35 39 $29,670 $31,995
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan LX 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,777
$22,429
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,945
$23,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$432 / month
$399 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space. The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.30 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.50 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.3 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.50 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.10 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.10 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.00 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.80 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.00 40
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.20 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.50 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.60 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.00 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.80 110
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.00 72.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 15.4
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)
11.5 x - TBD - 11.2
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.68 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/55VR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3602 3272
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.1 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 760
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4900 181 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LUK NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6200 192 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.80
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)
2.84 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.64
Trans Order Code
MHH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.21
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.8 (Est)
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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