When you're in the market for a new midsize sedan, it's important to make sure that you get the most for your money. The Kia brand, known for producing high-quality vehicles for an affordable price, has introduced us to the impressive and stylish 2016 Kia Optima. With such a great-looking vehicle available for such an affordable price, we thought it best to see how it stands up next to the competition. The 2016 Chevy Malibu received a face-lift this year, but certainly doesn't outshine the Optima. Today we'll see how the engine specs and interior features stack up in our comparison of the 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Chevy Malibu.
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The exterior of the 2016 Kia Optima performs just as well as it looks like it would. The aerodynamic design and clean lines work together to give the Optima a sporty appeal. The 2016 Malibu shows off a redesigned exterior, but lacks the confidence and eye-catching style that the 2016 Optima holds in its grille and front headlights. Under the hood, the Optima features a 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine that offers 185 horsepower. When comparing that to the 1.5-liter standard I-4 engine with only 160 horsepower on the Chevy, it's easy to see why the Kia is praised for its quicker acceleration and more responsive drive style.
Looking to the interior, the 2016 Kia Optima offers a uniquely functional design, making it easy to use and less distracting than the crowded control center in many vehicles. The Malibu's dashboard feels more cramped than that of the Optima, giving the driver a more confining feeling when behind the wheel. The Kia Optima comes with two standard first-row LCD screens, while the Chevy only offers an LCD touchscreen as an optional feature. Audio systems in both sedans make it easy to enjoy your favorite tunes while on the road, but the Kia's more modern interior and functional layout make it the winner when it comes to passenger experience.