2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2018 Kia Optima midsize sedan is such a superior ride when you compare it to the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, you will cheer for the Optima and boo for the Chevy. If you want power, the 2018 Optima has it, with 185 base HP compared with the 2018 Malibu’s 160 base HP. If you want top-notch fuel economy, the 2018 Optima gets up to 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway in its LX 1.6T trim which tops the 2018 Malibu’s 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.

And the 2018 Optima can be yours for thousands less than the competition, with our VIP Price at Friendly Kia.

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2018 Chevy Malibu

$17,530 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $21,690 (The Competition)
185 Base Horsepower 160
28, 37 Top MPG (city, highway) 27, 36
10, Harman/Kardon Max. Number of Speakers 9, Bose
Yes Available Apple CarPlay? Yes
Yes Among 10 Most-Awarded Vehicles by KBB.com? No

Find the Best Midsize Sedan on the Market at Friendly Kia, Serving Tampa FL

The previous model year of the Optima was one of the 10 most-awarded vehicles by KBB.com, making lists for “Best Family Sedans” and “Best Sedans Under $25,000,” among other praise for the 2017 model, and this quality is carried over into the 2018 Kia Optima model. The 2018 Malibu does not have this award-winning lineage, and it also has inferior warranty parts coverage, with 5 years or 60,000 miles for limited warranty coverage compared to the 2018 Optima’s 10 years and 100,000 miles of limited warranty coverage, for starters.

If you want a sedan that is priced lower, with more base power and better top fuel economy, to go along with a history of IIHS Top Safety Picks (including for the 2018 model), and much more, then look for the Kia Optima at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Please call us at (877) 544-6706 or visit us on the lot so we can set you up with a test drive today.

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