Compare 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Kia Optima

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
2018 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 $26,803 $27,920
Malibu 4-Door Sedan L w/1VL 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS 27 36 $22,387 $23,320
Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 27 36 $24,211 $25,220
Malibu 4-Door Sedan Premier w/2LZ 22 32 $29,779 $31,020
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EX Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima EX Automatic 24 34 $24,030 $25,700
Optima LX 1.6T DCT 28 37 $23,058 $24,400
Optima LX Automatic 25 36 $21,823 $22,600
Optima S Automatic 23 32 $22,750 $23,600
Optima SX Automatic 22 31 $28,580 $30,600
Optima Hybrid EX Automatic 39 46 $28,867 $30,990
Optima Hybrid Premium Automatic 39 46 $24,390 $25,995
Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX Automatic N/A N/A $32,921 $35,210
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,803
$24,030
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,920
$25,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$465 / month
$428 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms. The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a fuel-efficient pick among mid-sizers that doesn’t wear its eco credentials on its sleeves.
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Fuel Economy
City
49 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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)
100.0 104.8
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.6 15.9
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 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)
37.0 -
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
RA9 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3366 3362
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear 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
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
46 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
49 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
3.8 6.3
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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