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2020 Kia Optima EX FWD
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Specs

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2020 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
29 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
36 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18.5 gal 15.8 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
178 hp @ 5,500 RPM
160 hp @ 5,700 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
184 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
10:1
Displacement
1,600 cc
1,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.03 in x 3.35 in
2.91 in x 3.4 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 45.5 in 41.5 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 38.1 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft 15.8 cu ft
Exterior
Length 191.1 in 194.2 in
Width 73.2 in 73 in
Height 57.7 in 57.9 in
Wheelbase 110.4 in 111.4 in

Available Options

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2020 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

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