Chevy has a pretty strong presence in the world of sedans, and while the Volt and Impala never fail to impress, the previous-gen Malibu was a bit behind the mighty pack. It was still a solid all-around vehicle, but it didn’t have the spark, you know? And when compared to a huge line-up of recently refreshed competitors, this OK-looking sport simply didn’t stand a chance. True, you did have a strong turbocharged engine available, along with a refined, smooth ride quality, but the super-tiny back seat and the outdated styling turned it into an outsider, a car that nobody could remember about, simply because the market was crowded with much greater talent. Well, I’m happy to say that the Chevrolet Malibu 2016 is all about fresh starts and conquering new highs. The team behind the car quite literally returned to the drawing board and fully redesigned the ill-started sedan.
Big Changes For 2016 – All Good
First of all, the biggest improvement is in the exterior styling: forget about that clumsy and ridiculous engineering – the brand-new edition is all about turning heads and catching eyes. You’ve got a sleek, sexy style and a very distinctive attitude that might even remind you of the Audi A7. All things considered, this new champ from Chevy is one hell of a competitor and a great investment for your money, especially if you wanna drive down the block or the highways somewhere in California (how about Malibu?) with the music blazing and the wind in your face. And if you think that an attractive new design is all the brand-new Chevrolet Malibu 2016 is good for, then you gotta check out what’s under that sleek hood. That’s right, the team behind the redesign worked on the powertrain as well. You’ve got a turbocharged 1.5-lit 4-cylinder coming standard (it replaces the outdated 2.5-lit engine). It’s good for 160 Horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and it’s paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD (front-wheel drive).
Chevrolet Malibu 2016 – Powertrain Specifications
As for fuel-efficiency, the car returns 37 miles per gallon on the highway and 27MPG in the city (31MPG combined), which is partially possible thanks to the stop-start system that automatically shuts the engine down every time you stop the car. On the higher trims – Chevrolet Malibu 2016 2LT and Premier – you’ve get an 8-speed automatic transmission and a mighty turbocharged 2.0-lit 4-cyl unit that pumps out 250HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. True, it’s a bit down on the HP and torque compared to the previous edition, but the new transmission allows for improved fuel economy, providing and estimated mileage of 26MPG combined (33MPG hwy/22MPG city). However, even if you go with the entry-level 1.5-lit 4-cylinder engine, you’ll still get a refined ride quality and a pretty enjoyable experience behind the wheel (and in those back seats), thanks to the amazing interior coziness with quality materials, plentitude of space, adjustable front seats and more comfort way back (the 4-inches shorter wheelbase makes it all possible).
Technological Features & Equipment
Furthermore, you’ll get tons of up-to-date tech upfront. I have to mention that the previous editions were pretty tech-packed as well, but the Chevrolet Malibu 2016 takes it to a whole another level when it comes to standard and optional features. So, the entry-level trim, L, comes equipped with 16-inch (steel) wheels, cruise control, cloth upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, air conditioning, a 6-speaker sound-system, etc. If you want more techy features, go with the higher trims. With the LS you’ll get automatic headlights, a rearview camera and the MyLink interface with a 7-inch touchscreen, to name a few. Further up you’ll get even more goodies, but to my taste the LS is the best value for the money.
Watch this video review & road test of Chevrolet Malibu 2016: