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2019 Kia Optima EX Turbo FWD
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New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD
MSRP
$26,890
Invoice
$25,814
Average Price Paid
$25,776
2,534 listings nationwide

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
MSRP
$22,090
Invoice
$22,024
Average Price Paid
$21,317
11 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD
Fair Price
$27,119
Good Price
$25,144
Great Price
$24,014
2019 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
Fair Price
$21,560
Good Price
$20,314
Great Price
$19,602

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$27,032
1 listings nationwide

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$21,562

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD
George Kennedy Preview:

Kia brought its A-game with the 2019 Optima, providing cutting-edge technology and safety features, and wrapping it in a head-turning, contemporary package. It faces stiff competition ...

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The midsize Chevrolet Malibu sedan was last redesigned for the 2016 model year. For 2019, midway through its product life-cycle, it sees some important visual and content updates. The...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD
writes:
Excellent fuel miles
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX worse.
"Larger"
Value Ranked 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX better.
"Mileage "
2019 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD
2019 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 5 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 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

2019 Kia Optima
EX Turbo FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue
  • Platinum Graphite
  • Sangria
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Titanium Silver

Option Packages

  • Ex Premium Package
2019 Chevrolet Malibu
L FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

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