2019 Chevy Malibu vs. 2019 Kia Optima Differences near Schererville, IN

If you’re looking to add exhilaration to your daily drive, the 2019 Chevy Malibu and 2019 Kia Optima are the sedans for you. Both of these vehicles boast aerodynamically sculpted designs as well as heart-pounding performance. Choosing between the two can be difficult, that’s why Mike Anderson of Merrillville, serving the Schererville, IN, area crafted the following comparison guide to help you come to a decision. For more information, check out our 2019 Chevy Malibu pages as well as our 2019 Chevy Malibu inventory.

For the purpose of this comparison, we will be viewing the 2019 Chevy Malibu Premier, starting at $32,695 MSRP, and the 2019 Kia Optima SX, starting at $31,990 MSRP.

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Performance

Both of these sedans hold powerful engines under the hood. However, the 2019 Chevy Malibu allows for optimal performance with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Kia Optima dwarfs in comparison, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. View the table below to see how each sedan compares.

2019 Chevy Malibu

2.0L Turbo I4


HORSEPOWER

250 HP

TORQUE

260 lb.-ft.

CITY MPG

22

HWY MPG

32

2019 Kia Optima

2.0L Turbo I4


HORSEPOWER

245HP

TORQUE

260 lb.-ft.

CITY MPG

21

HWY MPG

30

Interior

The cabins of the 2019 Chevy Malibu and 2019 Kia Optima provide bold, spacious style. Both these sedans feature 60/40 split-folding rear bench seats. However, there’s a variety of interesting features that set the Malibu apart, such as:

  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Bose® premium 9-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM® radio trial
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheels
  • Heated front seats
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Technology

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Explore all the future has to offer with both the Malibu and Optima. These sedans offer advanced amenities like tilt and telescopic steering columns. However, the Malibu takes it a step further with state-of-the-art features, like:

  • Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot
  • Start/stop technology
  • myChevrolet mobile app
  • 8-in. diagonal reconfigurable driver information center
  • Support for Apple CarPlay®
  • Support for Android Auto™

Safety

Enjoy all that these dependable sedans have to offer while feeling utterly secure, such as LED headlights and lane change assist systems. However, the 2019 Chevy Malibu has features that ensure your safety even further, such as:

  • Chevrolet connected access capable
  • LATCH system for child safety seats
  • OnStar® capable
  • Rear vision camera
  • 10 airbags
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Electronic grade braking
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