2018 Kia Optima vs Chevy Malibu

Sedan shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg and Carlisle can get excited because the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Chevy Malibu are finally here. But with both vehicles offering an excellent combination of performance, interior space, and technology, how will shoppers be able to choose between them?

We at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg have put together this detailed comparison to help you do just that. Below, you'll learn about how these two vehicles stack up against each other so you can zero in on which one is the perfect fit for you!

Optima vs Malibu: Performance

The 2018 Kia Optima offers three high-powered engines in its powertrain lineup. Standardly, the Optima sports a 2.4-L DOHC 4-cylinder engine. This base engine delivers an impressive mix of power and efficiency with 185 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 36 highway MPG1 to offer.

The 2018 Chevy Malibu also offers three different engines starting with its standard 1.5-L 4-cylinder engine. While this smaller engine's efficiency matches the Optima's standard EPA-estimated highway MPG, it lacks when it comes to power output. This engine puts out just 160 horsepower.

Additionally, the Malibu has a significantly smaller fuel tank. This model can only carry 13 gallons of gasoline between fuel-ups. The Malibu can hold a whopping 18.5 gallons of fuel making for longer drives without having to worry about stopping.

Optima vs Malibu: Interior Space

When you're looking for your next sedan, interior space and comfort are a priority. In both the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Chevy Malibu, you'll find ample space for all of your cargo with nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.

When it comes to passenger space, though, the Optima has the upper hand with 105 cubic feet of passenger volume to split among its five passengers. Front row passengers will have an incredible 45.5 inches of legroom while rear row passengers will have 56 inches of hip room. Compare this to the Malibu's 42 inches of front legroom and 53.4 inches of rear hip room.

Optima vs Malibu: Technology

Whether you're driving to the office or heading out on a long weekend trip with the family, you'll want to have all the technology features you need to stay safely connected and entertained along the way. With the 2018 Kia Optima's standard UVO infotainment system, you'll have everything you need to do that and more.

This system features a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth® Wireless technology and hands-free connectivity, rear-camera display, and smartphone integration via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Upgrade this system for even more capability with voice command recognition and navigation.

Unfortunately, the 2018 Chevy Malibu only offers a standard AM/FM radio. To access an infotainment system in this model, you'll have to upgrade from the base trim level.

2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Chevy Malibu: Which One?

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Optima takes the cake when it comes to satisfying the needs of sedan drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg and Carlisle. Now that you've had a taste of what this vehicle can do, it's time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself.

Give us a call at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg today to schedule your test drive!


1 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.

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