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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
Select a Different Model (5 Available): L Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 12615
Zero to 60 8.5 seconds
Real MPG 21 CTY /34 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Strong acceleration with optional 2.0-liter turbo-four
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Poor interior quality in lower trim levels
  • Sloppy handling and braking on lesser models
  • Coarse-sounding hybrid powertrain

New for 2016

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu rides on an all-new platform and features a new exterior design, new powertrains, and a new infotainment system.

Vehicle Summary

Slotting below the full-size Impala and above the compact Cruze, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize sedan that's available in front-wheel drive only. In addition to the gas-powered Malibu, a hybrid variant is also available.

Overview

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu's three powertrain choices include a 1.5-liter turbo-four rated at 163 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft, and a hybrid that combines a 1.8-liter I-4 with an electric motor for a total system output of 182 hp. A six-speed automatic comes standard with the 1.5-liter while the 2.0-liter is paired to an eight-speed unit. The hybrid, on the other hand, is only available with the CVT. EPA ratings for the 2016 Malibu are 27/36 mpg city/highway for the 1.5-liter, 22/32 mpg for the 2.0-liter, and 47/46 mpg for the hybrid.

Standard and available features include Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Bose premium audio system, 4G LTE connectivity, wireless phone charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, alloy wheels ranging from 16- to 19 inches in diameter, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, keyless entry/start, remote start, and a semi-automatic parking assist system.

Safety

The NHTSA gave the 2016 Malibu a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received a Good score on all crash tests and a Superior rating on the front crash prevention test when it avoided a 12-mph impact and reduced speed of a 25-mph impact by 24 mph, allowing it to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award (Good is the highest possible score). On the IIHS' new headlight safety test, the 2016 Malibu received a Poor rating. Available active safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, following distance indicator, and rear cross-traffic alert.

What We Think

In a 2016 First Test of the 1.5-liter turbo-four-powered Malibu, we said that lower trim levels don't have the best braking and handling performance due to the low-rolling resistance tires. Ride quality, on the other hand, is much improved and soaks up rough surfaces. The interior quality of lower-trim Malibus, however, is lacking with plenty of cheap bits used throughout the interior, particularly in the dashboard. In a 2016 First Test of the 2.0-liter turbo-four-powered car, we said that it offered strong acceleration, better braking performance, and surprisingly good steering.

On higher trims, the Malibu's interior is a nice place to be, featuring better build quality and a user-friendly infotainment system. We said in a 2016 Quick Test of the Malibu Hybrid that it offers great steering and a nice balance between ride and handling. However, the hybrid powertrain got coarser the higher you rev it.

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2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)
Trim
L Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
160@5700
Standard MPG
27/36
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Silver Ice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, OnStar, with Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.230

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.0 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$68 $75

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

$13 $15

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Doors And Instrument Panel Alloy Look On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Dark Atmosphere Cloth with Medium Ash Gray Trim

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Speakers, 6

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P205/65HR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Steel with Wheelcovers

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4