2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

"Malibu" brings to mind the California city, with all the warmth and sunshine that offers. That's a pretty picture, to be certain, but you'll have an even sunnier disposition if you're driving the 2017 Kia Optima, a midsize sedan with up to 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, with a sleek style and value that is unmatched in its class. On the other hand, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is stodgy in comparison, with a peak fuel efficiency of 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.

Midsize sedans are popular for families and road trips, thanks to their somewhat spacious interiors, but the 2017 Malibu checks in with 102.9 cubic feet for passengers, while the 2017 Optima tops that with a spacious 104.8 cubic feet – that's the difference between the backseat riders kicking the front seats or them relaxing in back, with enough space to feel cozy. Even more stark is the difference between the 2017 Optima's base performance of 181 horsepower, which drives circles around the 2017 Malibu's 163 HP in its base trim.

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2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
28, 37 MPG (city, highway) 27, 36
181 Base Horsepower 163
104.8 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 102.9
10 years or 100,000 miles limited powertrain; 5 years or 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5 years or 60,000 miles limited powertrain; 3 years or 36,000 miles bumoper-to-bumper
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? Yes
10 Max. # of Speakers? 9

Find the Top Midsize Sedan, the 2017 Kia Optima, Near Racine and Milwaukee

On the inside of these best-selling sedans, you can find formidable stereo systems and plenty of tech to keep you occupied. The 2017 Optima tops out with a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system and an 8-inch color touch-screen, while the 2017 Malibu has a similarly-sized available touch-screen but tips the scales with only nine speakers. Both share the honor of being named an IIHs Top Safety Pick for 2017, which means they are both among the most impact-resistant vehicles in their class, but only the 2017 Optima is also the proud recipient of a Red Dot Design award and a 2016 KBB.com "Best Buy" award. The Malibu simply cannot compete with the award-winning graceful lines and the superior value of the Kia Optima.

The 2017 Optima also comes with the industry's leading warranty guarantee coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles for limited powertrain, as well as 5 years or 60,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper. When you consider its edge in fuel efficiency, room on the inside, and audio, the 2017 Kia Optima is a sure bet, and we have it at Boucher Kia of Racine, located at 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, and we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information about the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive for the 2017 Kia Optima.

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