Compare 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Kia Optima

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
2017 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 49 43 $26,760 $27,875
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 36 $22,296 $23,225
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 36 $24,120 $25,125
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 33 $29,736 $30,975
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EX Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima EX Automatic 24 34 $23,755 $25,440
Optima LX 1.6T DCT 28 37 $22,800 $24,140
Optima SX Automatic 22 31 $27,865 $29,940
Optima SX Limited Automatic 22 31 $33,481 $36,090
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,760
$23,755
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,875
$25,440
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$424 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid mid-sizer in the segment, punctuated by good, efficient powertrains, and a quiet ride. The Kia Optima is a distinctively stylish and capable mid-size sedan worth serious consideration.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.4 56
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 45.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.9 104.8
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 56
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 110.4
Liftover Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 73.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 15.9
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)
- 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)
- TBD - 12
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 -
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
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)
3366 3362
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 800
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
129 @ 4750 178 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LKN NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
124 @ 5000 185 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 34 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 24 (Est)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 28 (Est)
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.21
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.80
Trans Type
NA 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.64
Trans Order Code
MKE NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
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
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 6.3 (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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