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Chevrolet Malibu
2021 Chevrolet Malibu
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$22,140
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6.6
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Kia Optima
2020 Kia Optima
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$23,390
Starting Price (MSRP)
7.8
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Volkswagen Arteon
2021 Volkswagen Arteon
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$38,000
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8.3
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Overview

Engine
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 29 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 24 MPG
Hwy: 32 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 22 MPG
Hwy: 29 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
15.8 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 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
N/A

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 2500-3000 rpm
178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
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
39 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
N/A
N/A
Front Wheel Size
16" x 7.5"
16" x 6.5"
18" x 8"
Rear Wheel Size
16" x 7.5"
16" x 6.5"
18" x 8"

Suspension

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

Tires

Front Tire
P205/65R16
P205/65HR16
P245/45HR18
Rear Tire
P205/65R16
P205/65HR16
P245/45HR18
Spare Tire
T125/80R16
N/A
Compact

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
32 MPG
27 MPG
25 MPG
City
29 MPG
24 MPG
22 MPG
Highway
36 MPG
32 MPG
29 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.5 Tons/yr
6.6 Tons/yr
7.2 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
15.8 gallons
18.5 gallons
17.4 gallons
Cruising Range City
458.2 miles
444 miles
382.8 miles
Cruising Range Highway
568.8 miles
592 miles
504.6 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
194.2 in
191.1 in
191.4 in
Height
57.9 in
57.7 in
56.5 in
Max Width
73 in
73.2 in
73.7 in
Front Width
62.6 in
63.5 in
62.5 in
Rear Width
62.5 in
63.8 in
62.1 in
Wheelbase
111.4 in
110.4 in
111.9 in
Ground Clearance
N/A
5.3 in
N/A

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
41.5 in
45.5 in
41.2 in
Front Seat Headroom
39.1 in
39.8 in
37.7 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
58.5 in
58.1 in
56.5 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.1 in
56 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
38.1 in
35.6 in
40.2 in
Rear Seat Headroom
37.5 in
37.8 in
37 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
57.1 in
56.4 in
54.7 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
53.4 in
56 in
N/A

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,126 lbs
3,230 lbs
3,655 lbs

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
15.7 ft³
15.9 ft³
N/A

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

N/A
  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue, Build Out: 11/30/2019
  • Sangria
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Chili Red Metallic, Build Out: 02/12/2020
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Manganese Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Urano Gray

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
  • Moonrock Gray/Black, Perforated V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
  • Titan Black, Perforated V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces

Features and Options

Infotainment

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

Interior Trim

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

Comfort

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

Safety

Safety Features

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

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
N/A
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
N/A
Side Crash Rating
N/A
Rollover Rating
N/A

Airbags

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

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 Years / 100,000 Miles
7 Years / 100,000 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
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
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 2021 Warranty
N/A
N/A
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles