At the heart of the new Chevrolet Malibu are a pair of efficient, turbocharged engines. The base engine is a 1.5L Turbocharged 4-cylinder unit that produces 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, power is routed through a 6-speed automatic to the front wheels. The optional drivetrain for the Malibu is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder making a healthy 250 horsepower connected to a brand new 8-speed automatic, again powering the front wheels. Acceleration with either engine feels plenty fast, thanks in large part to the weight loss the model went through with its redesign.
An intriguing option on the 2016 Malibu is the new hybrid drivetrain, which boasts mileage numbers of 45 mpg highway and 48 mpg in the city. The hybrid drivetrain combines a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors, for a total of 182 horsepower and the ability to drive on electricity alone at up to 55 mph.
The Malibu is available in five trim levels, L, LS, 1LT, 2LT and Premier. The Base L model is far from a stripped out bare bones vehicle, featuring most of the amenities one would expect from a mid-sized car. Standard features across the entire Malibu line include remote keyless entry, power, programmable door locks, a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity for phones, steering wheel mounted audio controls and cruise controls, OnStar navigation with a 6-month subscription, an anti-theft system, keyless start and a hill start assist system.
LS models add 16-inch aluminum wheels, a rearview camera, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB port for the stereo.
The 1LT equipment package improves on the LS by adding a bevy of standard features. Included on the 1LT are LED daytime running lights, heated power adjustable outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, 17-inch aluminum wheels, SiriusXM Satellite radio, 4G LTE with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot technology, improved interior lighting, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and express up/down control for the driver's window.
The 2LT is equipped similarly to the 1LT but also includes the more powerful 2.0L engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. Dual exhaust tips and 18-inch wheels help distinguish the 2LT from lesser models.
The top of the line Premier trim adds some extra bling to the outside of the car with chrome door handles, LED tail lights, 19-inch aluminum wheels and bright sill plates. The premium feel carries over to the interior with driver's being greeted by leather seating surfaces, a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, an 8-inch color touch screen display controlling a 9-speaker Bose sound system, dual-zone, automatic climate control, a wireless charger for phones and a rear seat USB port.
Comfortable, Spacious Interior
Improved Fuel Economy
Available Hybrid Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Malibu has gotten a complete redesign for 2016. A sharper looking, new exterior surrounds a car that is both larger and lighter than last year's model, with an improved, roomier interior. Engine options have also been updated with a brand new turbocharged powerplant coming as standard equipment for 2016.
The Chevrolet Malibu is a full-sized sedan that competes with both mid-sized cars such as the Toyota Camry, as well as several entry level luxury cars. The Malibu has always featured a comfortable interior with plenty of room for an American sized buying public and this year is no different. The Malibu's wheelbase has grown by nearly four inches in 2016, and it has simultaneously lost nearly 300 pounds, improving handling, fuel economy and acceleration in the process. Adding further value, is the fact that the Malibu's available with a hybrid drivetrain, pushing mileage well into the 40 mpg range. Prices start at around $22,500.
Engine, 1.5L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder DI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (160 hp [119.3 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 184 lb-ft torque [248.4 N-m] @ 2500-3000 rpm)
Transmission, 6-speed automatic
Engine control, stop-start system
Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio
Front wheel drive
Suspension, front MacPherson strut
Suspension, rear 4-link, independent
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Brake rotors, Duralife
Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance
Brake, parking, manual
Tool kit, road emergency
Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum
Tire, compact spare, T125/80R16
Wheel, spare, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
Headlamp control, automatic on and off
Glass, acoustic, laminated, windshield and front side windows
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
Seats, front bucket
Seat adjuster, 8-way power driver
Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
Seat adjuster, power driver lumbar control
Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
Armrest, rear center with cupholders
Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
Floor mats, carpeted front
Floor mats, carpeted rear
Steering wheel, 3-spoke
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
Warning indicator, front passenger safety belt
Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
Remote panic alarm
Door locks, power programmable
Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
Windows, power with Express-Down on all
Passive Entry System includes Remote Keyless Entry, extended range
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Temperature display, outside
Air conditioning, single-zone manual
Vent, rear console
Air filter, cabin
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
Assist handle, front passenger
Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp, dual reading lamps and illuminated trunk area
Lighting, interior, ambient instrument panel light pipe, front doors pad and map pocket light pipe, and door handle release on all doors
StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
Hill Start Assist
Daytime Running Lamps, LED
Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
Rear Vision Camera
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats