2017 Kia Optima vs 2017 Chevy Malibu

Looking for the perfect four-door sedan, then see what Kia and Chevy have to offer with our 2017 Kia Optima vs 2017 Chevy Malibu comparison. We will determine who makes the better sedan while helping you discover which sedan is right for you and your needs.

Right away, you can see that the Kia Optima is fun too look at. From the iconic tiger-nose grille, to the sharp lines of the headlights, the Optima has a beautiful image that always stands out in a crowd. The Malibu on the other hand looks tired, boring, and uninteresting. With odd hood lines and a grille that looks like it was slapped together from two different vehicles. We know which model we would pick if this was purely a looks contest. This is about more than looks however, and you can learn more about these two models with the chart below.

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2017 Kia Optima VS 2017 Chevy Malibu
185 Base Horsepower 160
16” Silver Aluminum Base Model Wheels 16” Steel
105 Cubic-Feet Passenger Volume 103 Cubic-Feet
10 Years / 100,000 Miles Powertrain Warranty 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

How does the 2017 Kia Optima compare to the competition

The Kia Optima and the Chevy Malibu are very similarly priced with base model MSRP numbers right around $22,000, but yet the Kia Optima offers more all around. Let’s start with the power, something that Chevy has built a reputation on providing. Yet here, the Malibu falls short with its sluggish 160 horsepower engine. The Optima has 25 more horsepower than that, and if you get behind the wheel of each of these cars, you can definitely feel the difference.

As a sign of the attention to detail present in the Optima, this four-door sedan comes with 16” aluminum wheels which look beautiful and don’t have to employ any ugly wheel covers like the base model Chevy Malibu.

When it comes to comfort, the Optima provides more interior room for its passengers, and with beautifully quilted leather seats available, and an impressive array of options and features, the Optima just gives you better value for your money.

Speaking of value, the Optima also comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an equally impressive 5-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage. When it comes to the Malibu, you only get 3 years or 36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 5 years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage. Kia isn’t just selling a car with the Optima. It’s selling peace of mind.

Carolina Kia of High Point can help you find the right Optima for you here in High Point. There are a lot of Kia models and options to choose from but the Optima is certainly a great place to start.

2017 Kia Optima steering wheel mounted controls
2017 Kia Optima quilted beige leather interior
2017 Kia Optima dashboard and infotainment center
2017 Kia Optima black cloth interior

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