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Chevrolet Malibu
2020 Chevrolet Malibu
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$22,095
Starting Price (MSRP)
6.6
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Kia Optima
2020 Kia Optima
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$23,190
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2020 Nissan Altima
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$24,100
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7.8
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Overview

Engine
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 29 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 25 MPG
Hwy: 35 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 28 MPG
Hwy: 39 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
15.8 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
16.2 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
15.7 ft³
Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³
Trunk Volume
15.4 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
188 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 2500-3000 rpm
178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
180 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
6-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Steering

Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
37 ft
N/A
36.1 ft

Wheels

Front Wheel Size
16" x TBD
16" x 6.5"
16" x 7"
Rear Wheel Size
16" x TBD
16" x 6.5"
16" x 7"

Suspension

Front Suspension
MacPherson Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Four-Link
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P205/65R16
P205/65HR16
P215/60HR16
Rear Tire
P205/65R16
P205/65HR16
P215/60HR16
Spare Tire
T125/80R16
N/A
Compact

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
32 MPG
29 MPG
32 MPG
City
29 MPG
25 MPG
28 MPG
Highway
36 MPG
35 MPG
39 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 Tons/yr
N/A
5.5 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
15.8 gallons
18.5 gallons
16.2 gallons
Cruising Range City
458.2 miles
462.5 miles
453.6 miles
Cruising Range Highway
568.8 miles
647.5 miles
631.8 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
194.2 in
191.1 in
192.9 in
Height
57.9 in
57.7 in
56.7 in
Max Width
73 in
73.2 in
72.9 in
Front Width
62.6 in
63.5 in
63.6 in
Rear Width
62.5 in
63.8 in
63.6 in
Wheelbase
111.4 in
110.4 in
111.2 in
Ground Clearance
N/A
5.3 in
4.9 in

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
41.5 in
45.5 in
43.8 in
Front Seat Headroom
39.1 in
39.8 in
39.2 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
58.5 in
58.1 in
58.2 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.1 in
56 in
54.7 in
Rear Seat Leg Room
38.1 in
35.6 in
35.2 in
Rear Seat Headroom
37.5 in
37.8 in
36.9 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
57.1 in
56.4 in
57.1 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
53.4 in
56 in
54.5 in

Weight and Trailing

Curb Weight
3,126 lbs
3,230 lbs
3,208 lbs

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
15.7 ft³
15.9 ft³
15.4 ft³

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

N/A
  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue
  • Sangria
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Glacier White
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black

Optional Exterior Colors

N/A
Snow White Pearl
N/A

Standard Interior Materials

  • Dark Atmosphere/ Medium Ash Gray, Premium cloth seat trim
  • Black, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Charcoal, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Light Gray, Cloth Seat Trim

Features and Options

Infotainment

Bluetooth Connection
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Satellite Radio
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Not Available
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Not Available
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard

Comfort

Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Remote Engine Start
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Remote Trunk Release
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Keyless Start
Standard
Not Available
Standard
Telematics
Standard
Not Available
Not Available

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Rear Parking Aid
Not Available
Standard
Optional
Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Standard
Optional
Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Standard
Optional
Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Not Available
Not Available
Standard

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 Years / 100,000 Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
Drivetrain Note
Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years/100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Drivetrain
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
10 Years / 100,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components
8 Years / 100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Maintenance Note
1 Year/1 Visit
N/A
N/A
Roadside Assistance Note
Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years/100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Roadside Assistance
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Rust-Through
6 Years / 100,000 Miles
N/A
N/A
Warranty Note
Preliminary 2020 Warranty Note
N/A
N/A