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2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Kia Optima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Malibu.

Convenience
The Chevrolet Malibu will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Kia Optima, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Malibu will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Malibu and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Malibu is a little wider than the Kia Optima, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Chevrolet Malibu takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Optima.

Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Malibu has much less torque than the Kia Optima, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has a larger turning radius than the Kia Optima, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is significantly less powerful than the Kia Optima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Kia Optima. The Chevrolet Malibu has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Kia Optima.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Malibu is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.

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2015 Chevrolet
Malibu

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MSRP*: $22,465 - $30,480

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
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Low APR Loan: -- --
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 7.44%
City MPG: 21 - 25 12 - 22
Highway MPG: 30 - 36 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $21,679 - $28,804 $20,715 - $33,140

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