Compare 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2016 Kia Optima

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
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2016 Hyundai Sonata
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2016 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan Hybrid w/1HY
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Hybrid w/1HY 47 46 $26,659 $27,770
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 37 $21,516 $21,625
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 37 $22,195 $23,120
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 37 $24,019 $25,020
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 22 33 $27,475 $28,620
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/1LZ 27 37 $27,955 $29,120
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 33 $29,683 $30,920
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4-Door Sedan 1.6T Eco
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 1.6T Eco 28 38 $22,716 $23,725
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 1.6T Eco w/Tire Kit 28 38 $22,716 $23,725
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Limited 23 32 $31,933 $34,075
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport 23 32 $27,170 $28,925
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport w/Black 23 32 $27,170 $28,925
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L 25 38 $20,436 $21,300
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Limited 25 38 $25,850 $27,350
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L PZEV 25 38 $20,436 $21,300
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE 25 38 $20,859 $21,750
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE PZEV 25 38 $20,859 $21,750
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Sport 25 38 $22,293 $23,400
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Sport PZEV 25 38 $22,293 $23,400
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan Limited 39 43 $28,257 $30,100
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan Limited w/Blue Pearl Interior 39 43 $28,257 $30,100
Sonata Plug-In Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 38 41 $32,938 $34,600
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $23,453 $25,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX Turbo 28 39 $22,800 $24,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 22 32 $27,865 $29,940
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 22 32 $33,435 $36,040
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,659
$22,716
$23,453
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,770
$23,725
$25,140
Monthly Payment Estimate
$463 / month
$395 / month
$419 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu lineup skips performance models, plush luxury appointments, and all-wheel drive; yet the driving experience, comfortable cabin, and frugal numbers may convince you to trade in that Camry, Accord, or Fusion. Spacious and fuel efficient, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is a worthy rival for America's best-selling family sedan. The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
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Fuel Economy
City
47 mpg 28 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
46 mpg 38 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 35.6 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.4 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 56.1 56
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 57.9 58.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 106.1 104.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 38 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.5 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 45.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55.3 56
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 73.4 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 63.5 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.3 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.1 191.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 58.1 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 63.8 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 110.4 110.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 16.3 15.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12 12
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)
- TBD - 11.2 11.2
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 18.5 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 35.8 -
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P205/65HR16 P215/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P205/65HR16 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16 NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3457 3270 3362
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5 17 X 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 640 800
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130 150
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 195 @ 1500 178 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.6 L/97 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 178 @ 5500 185 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
46 38 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
47 28 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 4.29 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.07 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.88 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.93 4.21
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.04 1.80
Trans Type
NA 7 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.82 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA 5.30 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.32 2.64
Trans Order Code
MKE NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72 -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 5.7 6.3
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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