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Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia Optima Price Comparison (MSRP)

The sticker prices, before adjusting for remaining feature differences. Usually these are the numbers you will see on the window stickers.

Models in short supply often sell at or even above these prices.

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia Optima Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $34,205

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid   
Difference: $2,726

Lowest Total Invoice: $32,597

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid   
Difference: $1,364

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  Down Payment Interest Rate Term
Model Year201720172017
ModelMalibuOptimaOptima
TrimHybridHybrid EXPlug-in Hybrid EX
Body4dr Sedan4dr Sedan4dr Sedan
Base Price $27,875 $30,990 $35,210
Base Invoice $26,760 $28,752 $32,743
Convenience and Technology Package 995    
Driver Confidence Package 1,195    
Panoramic sunroof 1,150    
Navigation system 495    
Leather Package 1,395    
Cargo net 60 50 50
Cargo mat 80 95 95
Door sill trim plates 85 110  
Technology Package   5,000 5,250
Universal garage door opener   350 350
Convenience and Technology Package 905    
Driver Confidence Package 1,087    
Panoramic sunroof 1,046    
Navigation system 450    
Leather Package 1,269    
Cargo net 55 42 42
Cargo mat 73 78 78
Door sill trim plates 77 93  
Technology Package   4,618 4,831
Universal garage door opener   291 291
Options (change) 5,455 5,605 5,745
Options (change) 4,962 5,122 5,242
Destination 875 895 895
Gas Tax 0 0 -4,919
Total Price $34,205 $37,490 $36,931
Total Invoice $32,597 $34,769 $33,961

The configured Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan has a 122-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid engine, a FWD drivetrain, and a CVT transmission.

The configured Kia Optima 4dr Sedan has a 154-horsepower 2.0L I4 Hybrid engine, a FWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

Even when the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid trim is $27,875. The features would cost an additional $5,455. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $34,205.

The base sticker price of the Kia Optima Hybrid EX trim is $30,990. The features would cost an additional $5,605. Including the destination charge of $895, the total price of this trim is $37,490.

The base sticker price of the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX trim is $35,210. The features would cost an additional $5,745. Including the destination charge of $895, the total price of this trim is $36,931.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Chevrolet Malibu trims is 3. The feature adjusted price of the Kia Optima trims is 5. Based on this adjustment, the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan has a 122-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid engine, a FWD drivetrain, and a CVT transmission.

The configured Kia Optima 4dr Sedan has a 154-horsepower 2.0L I4 Hybrid engine, a FWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic transmission.

Even when the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid trim is $26,760. The features would cost an additional $4,962. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $32,597.

The invoice of the Kia Optima Hybrid EX trim is $28,752. The features would cost an additional $5,122. Including the destination charge of $895, the total price of this trim is $34,769.

The invoice of the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX trim is $32,743. The features would cost an additional $5,242. Including the destination charge of $895, the total price of this trim is $33,961.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Chevrolet Malibu trims is 3. The feature adjusted price of the Kia Optima trims is 2. Based on this adjustment, the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia Optima

Lowest Adjusted Price: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Lowest Adjusted Invoice: Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $781
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $425
Model Year201720172017
ModelMalibuOptimaOptima
TrimHybridHybrid EXPlug-in Hybrid EX
Body4dr Sedan4dr Sedan4dr Sedan
Engine122hp I4 H154hp I4 H154hp I4 H
TransmissionCVTT6T6
DrivetrainFWDFWDFWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)49/43 MPG39/46 MPG39/46 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)?, 9630, 10630, 10
Tire (rear if not all the same)225/55-17215/55-17215/55-17
Total Price$34,205$37,490$36,931
Adjustments for Features0-2,245-1,945
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$34,205$35,245$34,986
Cost Above Minimum$0$259$0
Total Invoice$32,597$34,769$33,961
Adjustments for Features0-2,082-1,789
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$32,597$32,687$32,172
Cost Above Minimum$0$515$0

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Features Comparison: Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia Optima

Model Year201720172017
ModelMalibuOptimaOptima
TrimHybridHybrid EXPlug-in Hybrid EX
Body4dr Sedan4dr Sedan4dr Sedan
Transmission and Drivetrain 
CVT$1000  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic $1100$1100
FWD$0$0$0
Accessories 
AC power outlet$100  
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed $1000$1000
Cruise control$250  
Heated steering wheel $100$100
Proximity trunk or liftgate opener $125$125
Remote app$25  
Remote start$150  
Sunshades, second row $125$125
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
911 assist $25$25
Active or whiplash-reducing head restraints, front seats $0$0
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial $200$200
Following distance indicator$25  
Knee airbag, passenger$100  
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based$200  
Obstacle detection, front$200  
Pedestrian detection$50  
Rear side airbags$300  
Safety key$5  
Cargo Management 
Overhead sunglass holder $25$25
Climate Control and Infotainment 
4G LTE connectivity$50  
HD radio $50$50
Surround sound $250$250
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigation$325  
Traffic information $25$25
Wi-Fi hotspot$50  
Wireless charging station$75  
Exterior 
Body kit $0$0
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
LED headlights $1000$1000
Power-folding mirrors $50$50
Steering-linked headlights $150$150
Tachometer $75$75
Powertrain 
10 kWh battery pack  $0
3.3 kW onboard charger  $0
Seats and Interior Trim 
Cooled or ventilated front seats $300$300
Folding second row seats$300$300 
Heated second row seats $200$200
Memory system, driver seat $200$200
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seat $150$150
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat$100  
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat $100$100
Total Value of Features$3,305$5,550$5,250
Value of Feature Adjustments$0$2,245$1,945
Value of Feature Adjustments0-2,082-1,789

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Specifications Comparison: Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia Optima

Model Year20172017
ModelMalibuOptima
Body4dr Sedan4dr Sedan
Wheelbase111.4 in110.4 in
Length193.8 in191.1 in
Width73.0 in73.2 in
Height57.7 in57.7 in
Curb Weight3,457 lb.3,486 lb.
Fuel Capacity13.0 gal.18.5 gal.
Row 1 Headroom39.1 in39.8 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room58.5 in58.1 in
Row 1 Hip Room54.1 in56.0 in
Row 1 Legroom42.0 in45.5 in
Row 2 Headroom37.5 in37.8 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room57.1 in56.4 in
Row 2 Hip Room53.4 in56.0 in
Row 2 Legroom38.1 in35.6 in
Cargo Volume15.8 ft315.9 ft3

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Option Package Details
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Convenience and Technology Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Leather-wrapped steering wheel150Yes
AC power outlet100No
Remote start150No
Wireless charging station75No
Total Requested30048%
Total Not Requested32552%
Driver Confidence Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Obstacle detection, front200No
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Rear cross-traffic detection100Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200No
Pedestrian detection50No
Following distance indicator25No
Total Requested140075%
Total Not Requested47525%
Leather Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Leather seating surfaces900Yes
Heated front seats200Yes
Power recliner, passenger seat100Yes
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat100Yes
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat100Yes
Power height adjuster, passenger seat50Yes
Bose, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)350No
Total Requested145081%
Total Not Requested35019%

Option Package Details
Kia Optima Hybrid EX

Universal garage door opener
FeatureValueRequested?
Universal garage door opener100Yes
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Compass0Yes
Total Requested250100%
Total Not Requested00%
Technology Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Auto-dimming rearview mirror150Yes
Steering-linked headlights150No
LED headlights1000No
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750No
Upgraded stability control0No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200No
Forward collision warning200Yes
Heated second row seats200No
Sunshades, second row125No
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat100Yes
Power height adjuster, passenger seat50Yes
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat100No
Panoramic sunroof1200Yes
Interior ambient lighting150Yes
Cooled or ventilated front seats300No
Power recliner, passenger seat100Yes
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat100Yes
Rear cross-traffic detection100Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Total Requested325053%
Total Not Requested282547%

Option Package Details
Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX

Universal garage door opener
FeatureValueRequested?
Universal garage door opener100Yes
Compass0Yes
Total Requested100100%
Total Not Requested00%
Technology Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Steering-linked headlights150No
LED headlights1000No
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750No
Upgraded stability control0No
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200No
Forward collision warning200Yes
Heated second row seats200No
Sunshades, second row125No
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat100Yes
Power height adjuster, passenger seat50Yes
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat100No
Panoramic sunroof1200Yes
Interior ambient lighting150Yes
Cooled or ventilated front seats300No
Power recliner, passenger seat100Yes
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat100Yes
Rear cross-traffic detection100Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Blind spot warning system200Yes
Total Requested310052%
Total Not Requested282548%

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