Compare the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu to the 2017 Kia Optima

2017 Chevy Malibu 2017 Kia Optima
MSRP: $21,680 MSRP: $22,200
MPG: Up To 27 City / 36 Highway MPG: Up to 28 City / 37 Highway
0-60: 6.1 seconds 0-60: 6.8 sec

3 yr/36,000 mi basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain


5 yr/60,000 mi basic, 10 yr/100,000 mi powertrain


Fuel Economy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Malibu 1.5 Turbo’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when you get ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA.) The Optima doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system, so with the Optima, you won’t save that extra mile while stopped at a stoplight that you would with driving a Malibu.


Vehicle Safety

The Malibu has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Optima doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Malibu and the Optima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.


Warranty Coverage

While Chevrolet has a 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-to-Bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000 PowerTrain warranty, Kia has a 5-year/60,000 mile Bumper-to-Bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000 mile PowerTrain warranty.  In this respect, it may seem like Kia provides the better option.  This, however, is not the case.  Chevy is able to offer two unique warranties that Kia doesn’t cover!

The Chevy Malibu features a 5-year/60,000-mile Roadside Assistance program. This program features the following services:

    • Lockout Service – You will be assisted when you accidentally lock your keys inside the vehicle.


  • Flat Tire Change – A spare will be installed for you.



  • Fuel Delivery – If you run out of gas, $5 worth of fuel will be delivered to get you back on the road.



  • Emergency Towing – Your car will be towed to its nearest dealer.



  • Jump-Starts – If you need your car jump-started, you will be assisted whether at home or on the road.



The Kia Optima, unlike the Chevy Malibu, does not have a Roadside Assistance program, so if you accidentally lock your keys out of your car, run out of gas, get a flat tire, or need jump-starts or emergency towing for your car, you’re out of luck.  Both the superior Maintenance warranty and the Roadside Assistance Program literally show how Chevy is ready to go that extra mile. This impressive warranty coverage makes the 2017 Chevy Malibu the clear choice for ensured vehicle reliability and exemplifies Chevy’s dedication to you.



The 2017 Chevy Malibu’s start/stop technology, reliability, and exceptional warranty coverage make it the clear choice against the Kia Optima for smart car buyers.

And where better to shop for your Chevy Malibu than at one of the three George Weber Chevrolet locations near you! There is a reason Weber Chevrolet has been the favored choice of St. Louisans for over 114 years. So swing by and let us show you our large inventory of Chevy Malibus and other great vehicles!

** and Advanta Star Comparisons were used in this comparison

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