2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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Before you settle on just any midsize sedan near Carson, check out this helpful comparison guide between the 2018 Kia Optima and 2018 Chevy Malibu. Research here at Kia of Cerritos.

Max Fuel Economy

Of course, fuel efficiency is imperative around Garden Grove and Los Angeles. Fortunately, the 2018 Kia Optima is available with a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that gets 37 mpg highway and 28 mpg city. The most fuel-efficient 2018 Chevy Malibu engine is a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder that comes up just short of the Optima at 36 mpg highway and 27 mpg city.

2018 Kia Optima exterior


Standard Power

When it comes to standard power under the hood, the 2018 Kia Optima again beats out the 2018 Chevy Malibu:

  • Kia Optima – The 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that comes standard on the Kia Optima is good for a confident output of 185 hp.
  • Chevy Malibu – The Malibu’s base engine is a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder that only generates 160 hp.

Standard Features

The 2018 Kia Optima and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu both come with an abundance of standard high-tech features, including:

  • 7-inch touchscreen interface
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth® phone & audio streaming
  • Full power features
2018 Kia Optima profile

However, there are many areas in which the Kia Optima beats the Chevy Malibu:

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Chevy Malibu

SiriusXM® Satellite Radio


Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Sensors


Power Adjustable Front Seats with Driver Lumbar Support

16-inch alloy

Standard Wheels

16-inch steel

Test-drive the Kia Optima at Kia of Cerritos

You don’t have to go for to get a deal on a new Kia near Los Angeles! Kia of Cerritos has a variety of new vehicle specials available near Los Angeles right now at our dealership, where you can also get a deal on your trade-in vehicle. It’s easy to find us in Cerritos, CA! So, schedule a test drive. Soon, you’ll be out the door and onto your next restaurant outing.

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