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Swoopy styling and modern powertrains are highlights of Chevrolet's redesigned Malibu. The new car is competitive among midsized sedans, with a quiet cabin and easy-to-use controls. In tests we found the Malibu to be quiet, with a comfortable ride and responsive handling. Two four-cylinder turbo engines are offered: a 1.5-liter with a six-speed automatic--which got 29 mpg in our tests--and a more powerful and refined 2.0-liter backed by an eight-speed automatic. A new hybrid, utilizing some of the Chevrolet Volt's technology, is also available. It got an impressive 41 mpg overall in our tests. Up front is a roomy, comfortable cockpit and an updated version of Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. But the cloth seats are a bit short on support. The rear seat is roomy, so long-legged passengers can stretch out.

Road Test

Striking styling distinguishes the Chevrolet Malibu, complete with sumptuous curves that evoke the luxurious Audi A7. Beyond the style there is true substance, with a comfortable ride, an almost absurdly quiet cabin, and undaunting controls. And, com...

Highs

  • Looks more expensive than it is
  • Quiet and comfortable riding

Lows

  • Short on certain equipment for the money
  • Visibility, access, and driving position not as accommodating as class leaders

Best Version to Get

First off, don't get confused between the new 2016 Malibu and the Malibu Limited; the Malibu is the newer design, while the Malibu Limited carries over the 2013-2015 iteration. The base L trim is very plain; it doesn't even have a USB port, let alone a rearview camera or entertai...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 9-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (160 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (182 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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