Chevrolet has made safety a priority, and it shows: the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu were named IIHS Top Safety Picks.1
If you're trying to pinch pennies, every mile per gallon toward better fuel economy counts, including the 2 between the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2014 Kia Optima in the city and on the highway. Those humble little MPGs can make a big difference, saving the average driver $145 a year in fuel costs.2
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Kia Optima 253EPA Estimated City MPG234 363 EPA Estimated Highway MPG 344
Sometimes the beauty is in the details - including the thoughtful touches inside the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. These dynamite details include ice-blue ambient lighting on the instrument panel and doors, easily accessible storage areas, acoustic laminated glass (for a quieter ride) and carefully sculpted seats for comfort that rivals your couch.5
With dozens of standard and optional features, some for enhanced safety and some just for fun, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu competes handily with the other cars in its class - and wins, hands-down.5
While they're not as popular in more mild areas, in frigid climates many drivers find heated seats, a standard feature on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, quite necessary. If you want heated seats, you should know they're not standard on the 2014 Kia Optima.
No more parallel parking jitters - the optional Rear Parking Aid on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu can help guide you into the perfect parking spot, signaling when you're getting too close to the curb, or other cars. Unless you enjoy the parallel parking jitters, in which case, choose the 2014 Kia Optima, which doesn't have a rear parking aid option.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu's standard sunroof lets the light in on even the gloomiest day. Sadly, the 2014 Kia Optima's sunroof will cost you extra.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Kia Optima standard6 Heated Front Seats optional7optional3Rear Parking Aid - standard6Sunroof optional7
If you're carrying considerable cargo, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu's increased torque8 can mean the difference between easy going and a sluggish ride.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Kia Optima 2959 Torque 26910
If you're driving a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, and stray from your lane, no worries: the optional Lane Departure Warning System will give you an audio alert, possibly helping avert an accident. If you're driving a 2014 Kia Optima, this extra layer of safety isn't even an option.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu offers side airbag protection to its rear passengers standard, but that same level of safety isn't even an option on the 2014 Kia Optima.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Kia Optima optional9 Lane Departure Warning System - standard3Rear Side Airbag -
Who wouldn't want more miles between fill-ups? With a 36 miles higher estimated combined tank range, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will keep you on the road longer than the 2014 Kia Optima.
No matter what you're stowing, from groceries to gardening gear, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu's increased storage volume11 means you'll have more room for all your stuff, from apples to zinnias, and everything in between.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Kia Optima 5229 Estimated Combined Tank Range 4864 163Storage Volume 154
The difference in MSRP between the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2014 Kia Optima may seem significant, until you consider what you're missing when you opt to save that $640: better fuel economy and loads of standard features, some for safety and some just for fun. Suddenly, that $640 doesn't seem like much of a "savings" at all, does it?
2014 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2014 Kia Optima $22,1403 MSRP $21,5004