2011 Kia
Forte Koup SX
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Malibu LT

2011 Kia Forte Koup SX

9.6

starting from

$19,090
"Respectable clarity and full bass."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's stereo
"Its almost Germanic high-speed composure lends peace of mind."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Forte Koup SX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK cornering
0.86 g
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Leather
Optional
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

9.5

starting from

$24,115

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Malibu LT

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Good range on the highway
528 miles
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Average-sized back seats
43.6 ft3
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Child door locks
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Winner: Forte Koup SX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $5,025 cheaper (more than 20% less), $19,090 vs $24,115
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Winner: Malibu LT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Malibu LT's power seats; not available on the Forte Koup SX
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.6 vs 9.5

Cost

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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MSRP $19,090 vs $24,115 The Forte Koup SX has a great price and the Malibu LT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Forte Koup SX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Malibu LT's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Forte Koup SX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Malibu LT's warranty is very limited

Luxury Features

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Malibu LT's power seats; not available on the Forte Koup SX
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Forte Koup SX

Road Tests

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The Forte Koup SX's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Malibu LT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 130 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 89 mph vs 16.8 s @ 84 mph The Forte Koup SX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Malibu LT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.75 g The Forte Koup SX has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Malibu LT
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Malibu LT; optional upgrade on the Forte Koup SX
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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Horsepower 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 169 HP @ 6,400 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Malibu LT's semi-automatic transmission and the Forte Koup SX's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.4 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.9 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 438 miles vs 528 miles The Malibu LT has good highway range and the Forte Koup SX is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.6 ft3 vs 15.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Malibu LT vs Impala LT
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