Compare 2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Kia Optima

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
2018 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan L 27 36 $21,571 $21,680
4-Door Sedan LS 27 36 $22,387 $23,320
4-Door Sedan LT 27 36 $24,211 $25,220
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 49 43 $26,803 $27,920
4-Door Sedan Premier 22 32 $29,779 $31,020
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Automatic LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Automatic LX 25 36 $21,823 $22,600
Automatic S 23 32 $22,750 $23,600
DCT LX 1.6T 28 37 $23,058 $24,400
Automatic EX 24 34 $24,030 $25,700
Automatic SX 22 31 $28,580 $30,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,571
$21,823
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,680
$22,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$361 / month
$377 / 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 returns with a new sportier trim and wide-ranging flexibility for a compelling price.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
193.8 191.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 63.8
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 63.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
NA 5.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 15.9
Brakes
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
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)
37.0 -
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/65R16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
R83 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
R83 NA
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)
3108 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16" NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 800
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Engine
Displacement
1.5L/91 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 5700 185 @ 6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 2500-3000 178 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LFV NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 36
Transmission
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 2.64
Trans Order Code
MNH NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 2.88
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
.075 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.21
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.80
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu Kia Optima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.1
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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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2019 Malibu arriving; 2018s still in good supply
  • Employee Discount + $2,500 factory rebate on 2018s
  • Lease a 2018 from $199 for 36 months
  • $750 bonus with GM financing on 2018s
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2018 Kia Optima
  • 2019 Optimas arriving; 2018s sold out
  • Bonus: Up to $2,500 customer cash
  • Finance: 0.0% for 60 months
  • Lease: From $199 for 36 months

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