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2011 Kia Optima 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2011 Toyota Prius
     
4dr Sdn 2.4L Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn 2.4L Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn 2.0T Auto SX
LS
  • LS
  • LT with 1LT
  • LT with 2LT
  • LTZ
5dr HB II (Natl)
  • 5dr HB II (Natl)
  • 5dr HB II (GS)
  • 5dr HB II (SE)
  • 5dr HB III (Natl)
  • 5dr HB III (GS)
  • 5dr HB III (SE)
  • 5dr HB IV (Natl)
  • 5dr HB IV (GS)
  • 5dr HB IV (SE)
  • 5dr HB V (Natl)
  • 5dr HB V (GS)
  • 5dr HB V (SE)

Prices

MSRP $19,200 $21,975 $23,520
Invoice $18,800 $20,876 $22,108
Avg. Paid $13,190 $12,208 $15,722

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 8.8 8.8
Critics' Rating 8.5 9.2 8.9
Performance 8.3 7.9 8.2
Interior 8.3 8.4 8.2
Operating Cost 8.3 8.1 8.8
Safety 10.0 9.3 9.3
Reliability 2.0 4.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Handsome styling
  • Exceptional safety scores
  • Spacious, well-built cabin
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Spacious interior
  • Stellar fuel economy
  • Exceptional reliability rating
  • Versatile interior with lots of cargo space
Cons
  • Some reviewer complaints of thin seat cushioning
  • Uncomfortable rear seat
  • Some complaints of cheap cabin materials
  • Some said steering felt artificial
  • Unique exterior may not appeal to all buyers

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas 4-Cyl 2.4L/145 Gas/Electric I4 1.8L/110
MPG 24 City / 35 Hwy 22 City / 33 Hwy 51 City / 48 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 5 Door Liftback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.0 112.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 191.8 175.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.1 70.3 68.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 57.1 58.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3206 3432 3042

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Optional Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 102.2 97.7 93.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.4 38.6
Front Leg Room (in) 45.5 42.2 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 55.9 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 54.7 53.0 52.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.2 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 34.7 37.6 36.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 53.9 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5 52.1 51.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.4 15.1

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl Gas/Electric I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/145 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 6300 169 @ 6400 98 @ 5200/80 @ - TBD -
Torque (Net @ RPM) 186 @ 4250 160 @ 4500 105 @ 4000/153 @ - TBD -
Transmission Manual Automatic w/OD CVT
Turning diameter 35.8 39.4 - TBD -

Fuel

Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 22 51
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 33 48
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 16.4 11.9

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard