You'll appreciate the redesigned Malibu if you prize a plush, comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin. That's where this solid, easygoing sedan excels. It also has simple controls, decent fuel economy and sound handling (although the Malibu is clearly no sports sedan). You'll probably come away disappointed, however, if you need a roomy rear seat.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The Malibu has a 2 liter turbo that is exciting to drive. When you need power, it's more than there. The low profile tires turn on a dime and the car corners like a sports car. It's a fun car to drive."

HENRY K., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The ride is very good and quiet. The acceleration is outstanding as well as the handling."

DOUGLAS P., ON (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Due to the programming, the vehicle can experience significant lag (similar to turbo lag) when the accelerator is pressed. This lag can be considerably worse when the air conditioning is on. On several occasions the car lagged so badly I wondered if it was going to stall. These lags happen during both slight and firm presses on the accelerator. The dealer told me this is just how the car is programmed."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This is a peppy but economical car! Very good road car!"

STEPHEN J., GA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great power from a 4 cyl engine and good gas mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"the engine shuts off when the vehicle is stopped and then restarts when I accelerates with a lunging type motion inside the vehicle. This auto stop feature is disliked by me and probably will cause me not to get another vehicle with this feature."

SUSAN P., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration is under powered when merging into traffic engine makes a lot of noise but slow acceleration. You have to make sues you have a large opening in traffic price to pulling into traffic"

DENNIS G., OH (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration is pretty sluggish, handling is just okay."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"My wife reports difficulty with rear visibility out the back window. It's difficult for her to judge where the car ends."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The car feels a little underpowered, especially relative to the fuel economy. There is enough pickup for safe passing, on-ramps, etc. but there isn't enough low end torque to keep from downshifting too much on hills or on slight acceleration."

JONATHAN D., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"all around great auto."

RICHARD O., SC (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Excellent acceleration and handling."

R M., FL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very responsive"

Sue L., MI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Drives like a sports car. Handling is crisp and precise. The turbo produces amazing acceleration."

Henry K., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Don't pull out in front of anyone leave extra space this car does not pull out quickly and shifts constantly I hate it."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I like the way it turns itself off and back on when sitting at a red light. I think the acceleration is good on a flat surface but I notice it has a problem shifting gears when accelerating from a stop position going up an incline"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"very easy car to drive"

Beverly P., MI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It handles well for a non-sport model. It handles much better than a Toyota Camry & RAV4 that we rented. Acceleration is adequate with 2.5l 4 cylinderl but wish we had 2.0 Turbo 4 cylinder with more power."

David V., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I like the way it handles curves and everything about driving the Malibu"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car has a sporty, agile feel to it. It accelerates and handles nimbly."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good acceleration, excellent braking, good handling, very happy with this vehecle"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I have the Turbo 4. One of the quickest cars that I've owned, yet still gets 31 mpg. Corners well, holds the road."

Stephen B., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Vehicle handles well and has a better turning radius than my previous vehicle which was a 2003 Chevrolet Impala."

Keith C., MA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"For a four cylinder engine the Malibu handles and accelerates well. It is responsive."

Anonymous, MB (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It handles well and it accelerates well."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very good gas mileage, excellent acceleration, excellent handling."

Richard O., SC (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Handling is a good balance; not too taught but not spongy or unpredictable. Acceleration is acceptable, although the 2.5 isn't quite up to what the 1.5 (turbo) used in the 2016 and newer Malibu offers."

Jonathan D., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The now called Ecotec is my favorite engine. Has great roots with the original 1987 Quad4 engine. Powerful, great torque across the RPM range, great fuel economy. Handle is more then adequate. Stays level in the corners. Well balanced at higher speeds"

Stanley W., NJ (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The special eco engine actually turns off when stopped at a stop sign or light. Great mileage and excellent acceleration. I often leave larger cars and trucks behind."

Michael J., TX (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car is heavier than my chevy cruise took a little time to get used to the extra breaking distance now it's not an issue I like very much"

Anonymous, AK (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"car has excellent acceleration and braking. It has excellent handling on the road"

J R., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"OnStar cannot be turned off when they call to get ne to renew membership. Total hazard while driving. OnStar nuisance advertising when driving."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"responsive and smooth, the cut-off when idling is still difficult to get used to"

Jennifer P., SC (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Handles well, good acceleration when advancing to highway speeds."

Michael P., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Wife is the primary driver, and is satisfied with the car."

Peggy L., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"good"

Charlie W., GA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"All around comfort and convenience."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The heated seats are awesome! They are the warmest heated seats I have ever experienced and this is a good thing!"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats could be more comfortable.Car does not have noise problem on road"

JOHN C., FL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"seats lack in comfort, too hard, need more cush. Other than that, lumbar is good"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Road noise is minimal with the cabin being quiet and roomy"

STEPHEN J., GA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Driver seat is extremely uncomfortable on trips over 25 miles. Regardless of how you adjust the power seat you can't find a comfortable position. Engine sounds like it's going to explode when you have to excearate into on coming traffic. Transmission vibrates when it's attempting to down shift on a hill especially when your using cruise control."

DENNIS G., OH (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I am 5ft 10 in tall and have trouble getting in the vehicle without brushing my head against top of doorway. Wife is 80 yrs old and has trouble exiting vehicle because it sets too low. I would not buy again"

JOYCE M., IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"There is some road noise when driving. It could be a bit quieter."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"heated front seats with plenty of comfort adjustments. very good handling and acceleration. fold down rear seats a big plus for cargo."

RICHARD O., SC (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"LTZ model. Leather seats. Front seats comfortable for an hour. Then, lower back starts to become uncomfortable. Back seat uncomfortable. Going to have rear suspension checked. Feel many bumps in back seat. Feels cheap."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I love the lumbar control on the driver's seat. I wish it had it on the front passenger seat."

MARTHA B., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very nice ride and comfort, but too much road noise."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The seat fits me like a glove and there is lumbar control - I love it! I had driven large sedans for 40 years and the Malibu ride is quite comfortable and quiet, except for acceleration."

Robert T., CT (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Malibu was built for midgets. Difficult to get into' Lack of rear seat leg room."

Joyce M., IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"There is only one arm rest in the front seats so who ever doesn't get it is uncomfortable. the seats are hard. when driving it feels like your driving an old beat up car when it is only 1 and 1/2 years old"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"original equipment tires ( Goodyear Eagle LS2 ) rather noisy but handled well. Rear seats okay for 2 adults. Front seats just do not have a deep enough seating surface--I do not get support for my legs. Several folks have driven car for an hour or more, young and old all say the same...not enough leg support for whole length of one's thigh, causing an uncomfortable experience."

Joseph R., OH (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Handles the bumps well. No wind is heard during ride."

Keith C., MA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The engine noise is louder than expected, still not too bad. The ride is choppy and stiff."

Dale P., OH (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats have a memory setting or two drivers so that a previously input setting can be recalled without having to fiddle with the controls."

Anonymous, MB (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu continues to be very comfortable to ride in, we're just back from a 4 hour trip and can happily report that the comfort is still there after 4 years and 42000 miles."

Jonathan D., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Hard to get in and out because of the door pillows"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats to small, hard to get in & out of car. Tires to small feels like riding a wagon. Tires need to be digger and softer"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"8 way power adjustment. Can drive easily for 5 hours with little fatigue. Adjust to any seating position needed, including changes"

Stanley W., NJ (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Ride is very "tight", more like a truck. Recommended tire pressure seems high at 35 psig and probably is a contributor to poor ride. Road noise is high on anything less than perfectly smooth pavement. Seat comfort is OK."

Robert H., TX (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Most uncomfortable seats in a vehicle I have ever sat in"

Robert B., NJ (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The interior is very comfortable, both everyday around town and for long trips of 4 hours or more. Ride is smooth and quiet. The seats are adjustable 6 ways and the seat heaters greatly enhance comfort in cool/cold weather. The climate control does a good job of keeping the cabin comfortable and the dual controls allow different temperature for each front seating position."

Jonathan D., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are relaxing and the drive is smooth."

Harry V., IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The eco is different at first , but works great. It saves gas by shutting down at a stop light / railroad crossing etc. you are not there wasting gas. But your air conditioning keep going ."

LLOYD M., MI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The car did not include a spare tire of any type and I was never told about this omission."

SHELDON F., NY (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Car was not high priced and has been trouble free since purchase."

JOHN C., FL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Excellent dealer--very easy to work with-- gave us a really good price even better than what Consumers estimated"

SUZANNE R., IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Over fifty years of driving, I have found that there are better things in life than the status of a vehicle. I have found that this vehicle delivers everything I need in comfort, affordability and good mileage."

EDDIE P., MN (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"love my car!"

Larry N., MI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Bought it well below msrp on a close out. Approximately 40 % off when GM card credits were applied."

Robert Z., UT (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The price of the vehicle is too high....as when you try to trade in, you find yourself under. It depreciates WAY TOO FAST. You can buy this car for $22,000 and quickly find out they will only give you $14 or $16,000 with minimal miles on it."

David M., IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I was surprised that Chevrolet made a car that compared so with my 1996 Toyota Avalon that I replaced."

Donald W., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I test drove a Cruze, but the ride on the Malibu was so much better. Gas economy has been great. Only complaint is lack of a spare tire. I will never buy a car again that does not have one. An inflator does not fix all possible flat tire problems. I think this is a problem CU out to get behind."

Arthur F., TN (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"not the quality I expected"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Mid luxury for a bargain price. Great combination of features and lower cost."

Stephen B., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This vehicle was very competitively priced with the incentives added in and the insurance costs for this car are much less that the other smaller vehicles that I was considering. It is excellent with fuel mileage."

John A., ON (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I purchased a chevy malibu 2lt with the upgraded color (butte red tintcoat) and additional backup camera brand new and I was able to negotiate approx $6,000 off the MSRP including tax, title, and licensing fees!!!"

Michael C., NJ (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Lack of comfort. Good gas milage. Lack of comfort would prevent me from ever buying another cHEVROLET PRODUCT."

Joyce M., IL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Drives great with turbo charged engine"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great value! Lease is around $210/ month, no money down. Affordable, reliable transportation."

Chuck H., GA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The price was right and the car is the most comfortable i have owned"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Quite simply, the Malibu is a pleasant, solid vehicle, and with discounts, costs less than the competition. You also get authorized dealers all over the country."

Stephen B., VA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"vVery ordinary styling--but I didn't buy the car based on styling."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car looks good from the front , side or back. Nice styling."

LLOYD M., MI (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Love the style and looks of the tail lights better than the 2016"

WILLIAM G., CA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great looking car and color. No longer a midsize car. It is full size. Remote works a good distance. I don't like dash material but minor complaint."

DON D., PA (2015 Chevrolet Malibu)
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