Compare 2019 Kia Optima to 2019 Chevrolet Malibu | Evansville, IN


2019 Kia Optima | Evansville, IN  2019 Chevy Malibu | Evansville, IN











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Mid-size cars remain a desirable vehicle for a variety of drivers, offering powerful performance, admirable efficiency, and all the latest and greatest technologies. In such a beloved segment, numerous vehicles vie for the top position, including the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu. While both vehicles boast impressive credentials and an array of cutting-edge features, there are some key differences.

Performance & Power

The 2019 Kia Optima offers three engine options, meeting whatever power needs you may have. The Optima’s standard engine is a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4, which delivers 185 horsepower, 178 lb-ft of torque, and up to 35 mpg on the highway.*

The 2019 Malibu model’s standard engine is slightly less powerful and impressive. It comes equipped with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers 160 horsepower and roughly the same efficiency as the Optima, sacrificing power for a 36 mpg on the highway rating.**

Passenger and Cargo Space

When it comes to space, the Optima edges out the Malibu. While the Optima offers 104.8 cu-ft of passenger volume and 15.9 cu-ft of cargo volume, the Malibu offers 102.9 cu-ft of passenger volume and 11.6 cu-ft of cargo volume.

Safety Features

The 2019 Kia Optima impresses with its standard comprehensive suite of Kia Drive Wise driver-assist and award winning safety technologies. Most notably, the new Optima comes equipped with standard Blind Spot Collison Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist-Line (LKA-Line), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Park Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R) – and we could keep going. With these state-of-the-art technologies on your side, you’ll feel wonderfully confident behind the wheel. 

Although the 2019 Malibu offers an array of active safety technologies, none come standard on the vehicle. If you want them, you’ll have to pay an additional fee to add the 11 available features. The Malibu offers available Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Automatic Braking, and more.

As you can see, the 2019 Kia Optima is the clear choice. You can learn more about what the Kia Optima has to offer at The Duell’s Evansville Kia.



*Optima: EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

**Malibu: EPA-estimated 1.5L engine 27 MPG city/36 highway.

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