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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2011 Toyota Prius
     
4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto EX Hybrid
  • 4dr Sdn 2.4L Auto EX Hybrid
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 $26,500 $21,975 $23,520
Invoice $24,760 $20,876 $22,108
Avg. Paid $17,255 $12,208 $15,722

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.8 8.8
Critics' Rating 7.5 9.2 8.9
Performance 7.0 7.9 8.2
Interior 8.0 8.4 8.2
Operating Cost N/A 8.1 8.8
Safety 10.0 9.3 9.3
Reliability 2.0 4.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Roomy interior with lots of tech features
  • Sporty styling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Spacious interior
  • Stellar fuel economy
  • Exceptional reliability rating
  • Versatile interior with lots of cargo space
Cons
  • Coarse hybrid drivetrain
  • Smaller trunk than competing hybrids
  • Unresponsive brakes
  • 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 Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Electric I4 2.4L/144 Gas 4-Cyl 2.4L/145 Gas/Electric I4 1.8L/110
MPG 34 City / 39 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) 57.1 57.1 58.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3490 3432 3042

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel 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 Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard 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.) 9.9 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
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Optional
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
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Gas 4-Cyl Gas/Electric I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/145 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 206 combined 169 @ 6400 98 @ 5200/80 @ - TBD -
Torque (Net @ RPM) 195 combined 160 @ 4500 105 @ 4000/153 @ - TBD -
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD CVT
Turning diameter 35.8 39.4 - TBD -

Fuel

Hybrid Fuel Standard Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 34 22 51
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 39 33 48
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 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 Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Transmission Overdrive Switch Standard