Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid vs. Kia Optima Hybrid

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.


, - October 21, 2016

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was redesigned in 2016, boasting a smoother exterior, a more advanced interior, and a more efficient engine. The new Malibu looks futuristic, and it performs quite impressively.

The Kia Optima Hybrid has seen slight upgrades in its exterior and interior, making it extremely aerodynamic, as well as unique and advanced on the inside. The Kia Optima can now compete with the top hybrids in its class.

The Kia Optima Hybrid is impressive, but can it compete with the legendary Malibu?

See a side-by-side comparison of the Malibu Hybrid & Optima Hybrid »

What the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Gets Right

Similar to the Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which works alongside twin electric motors. Total output is 182 horsepower. This setup achieves 46 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The Malibu Hybrid comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, and even a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. As for the safety features, the Malibu is equipped with rear cross-traffic alert, parking assist, blind spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. The Malibu has everything you may need in terms of comfort, performance, and safety.

What the Kia Optima Hybrid Gets Right

The Kia Optima Hybrid is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is partnered up with a 47 horsepower electric engine. This setup produces 199 horsepower and gets 38 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The Kia Optima Hybrid comes equipped with impressive and unique features, like a cooled glovebox and leather-wrapped steering wheel. As for safety, the Hybrid is equipped with blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a backup warning system. The Optima Hybrid can finally compete with the top hybrids in its class.

Can the Kia Optima Hybrid Compete with the Legendary Malibu?

Although the Kia Optima Hybrid brings a lot to the table, it can't compete with the efficiency of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, especially considering they cost about the same.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is the perfect example of a complete car. It's visually pleasing, extremely safe, and will perform as well as most hybrids on the market.

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.


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