Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia Optima

Blue Velvet Metallic
VS
Silky Silver

Key Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$15,428 - $17,529
$17,374 - $19,581

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews

Horsepower

Horsepower
160 hp
185 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.5L turbo DOHC 4
2.4L DOHC I4 GDI

Interior Features

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Not Available
Optional

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42 in.
45.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 in.
39.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.1 in.
35.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.5 in.
37.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.8 cu. ft.
15.9 cu. ft.

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Not Available

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Not Available

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Optional

Exterior Features

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
111.4 in.
110.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37 ft.
Not Available

Length

Length
193.8 in.
191.1 in.

Width

Width
73 in.
73.2 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
3108 .lbs
3219 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
160 hp
185 hp

Torque

Torque
184 ft. lbs.
178 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
Not Available

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Optional
Not Available

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Optional

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.8 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
14 - 18 mpg
13 - 18 mpg

City

City
27 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
36 mpg
36 mpg

Safety Features

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Malibu
Kia Optima

Body Style

Body Style
Sedan
Sedan

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Midsize Cars
Mid-Size Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
5
5

Passenger Volume

Passenger Volume
100.0 ft³.
104.8 ft³.

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
3108 lbs.
3219 lbs.

Number of Passenger Doors

Number of Passenger Doors
4
Not Available

Fuel Economy Est-Combined

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
30 mpg.
29 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
27 mpg.
25 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
36 mpg.
36 mpg.

Engine Order Code

Engine Order Code
LFV
Not Available

Engine Type

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4
Regular Unleaded I-4

Displacement

Displacement
1.5L/91
2.4 L/144

Fuel System

Fuel System
Direct Injection
Gasoline Direct Injection

Trans Order Code

Trans Order Code
MNH
Not Available

Trans Type

Trans Type
6
6

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58
4.21

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96
2.64

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91
1.80

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45
1.39

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
.075
0.77

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94
3.38

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23
2.88

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9
6.1

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link
Multi-Link

Front Tire Order Code

Front Tire Order Code
R83
Not Available

Rear Tire Order Code

Rear Tire Order Code
R83
Not Available

Spare Tire Order Code

Spare Tire Order Code
ZAM
Not Available

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P205/65R16
P205/65HR16 - P215/55VR17

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16
P205/65HR16 - P215/55VR17

Spare Tire Size

Spare Tire Size
T125/80R16
Not Available

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
16 in.
16 X 6.5 - 17 X 6.5 in.

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
16 in.
16 X 6.5 - 17 X 6.5 in.

Spare Wheel Size

Spare Wheel Size
16" in.
Not Available

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Steel
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material
Steel
Not Available

Steering Type

Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion
Rack-Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8
Not Available

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8
Not Available

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
37.0 ft.
Not Available

Brake Type

Brake Type
Pwr
4-Wheel Disc

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
Yes

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
15.8 gal.
18.5 gal.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 in.
39.8 in.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.0 in.
45.5 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
58.5 in.
58.1 in.

Front Hip Room

Front Hip Room
54.1 in.
56 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.5 in.
37.8 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
38.1 in.
35.6 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
57.1 in.
56.4 in.

Second Hip Room

Second Hip Room
53.4 in.
56 in.

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
111.4 in.
110.4 in.

Length, Overall

Length, Overall
193.8 in.
191.1 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
73.0 in.
73.2 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
57.6 in.
57.7 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
62.6 in.
63.5 in.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
62.5 in.
63.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.8 ft³.
15.9 ft³.

Model Group

Model Group
Malibu
Optima

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Intermediate
Intermediate

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Sedan
Sedan

Engine Displacement Units

Engine Displacement Units
1.5
2.4

Engine Camshaft

Engine Camshaft
DOHC
DOHC

Engine Block Type

Engine Block Type
aluminum
aluminum

Engine Cylinder Count

Engine Cylinder Count
4
4

Engine Valve Count

Engine Valve Count
4
4