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The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is a complete redesign front to rear of Chevy's volume sedan. It sits on a 3.6-inch-longer wheelbase for much better rear-seat room and features a true gas-electric hybrid version aimed at producing exceptional fuel economy.

The new Malibu resembles Chevrolet’s full-size sedan, the Impala. The Malibu’s hood cut lines and the taillight arrangement also strongly echo the Impala and the rest of the Chevrolet line. The taillights in particular are meant to ape the Corvette's 3-D graphics. The split grille up front differs from the Impala's design, and brings to mind the Toyota Avalon.

An all-new interior graces the Malibu as well, with more space for front and rear passengers thanks to a 3.6-inch-longer wheelbase than the previous car. Legroom in back has been increased by 1.3 inches for a much more competitively sized cabin. New materials and designs give the cabin a more upscale look, especially on high-end trim levels. The new top trim level is Premium, replacing LTZ according to Chevrolet. The MyLink multimedia system is standard on all models and features a 7-inch touch-screen on LS and LT trims, while an 8-inch version is available on LT and Hybrid models and standard on the Premium trim.

Under the Hood
There are three powertrain options for the new Malibu, starting with a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It makes 160 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque, which doesn't sound like much, but Chevrolet says the new body structure is up to 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, which should make it one of the lightest midsize cars on the market. The more powerful option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine hooked up to an eight-speed automatic that produces 250 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. GM estimates that the base engine will be EPA rated at 27/37/31 mpg city/highway/combined, while the bigger 2.0-liter engine will come in at 22/32/26 mpg.

For a more efficient Malibu, opt for the all-new Malibu Hybrid. It borrows a significant number of powertrain components from the upcoming second-generation Chevrolet Volt, including its two-mode drive system, regenerative brakes, auxiliary power unit, electric air conditioning and more. The Hybrid model is powered by a combination of a 1.8-liter engine and electric motors. It uses a 1.5-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery and should get more than 45 mpg combined, according to Chevrolet.

Chevrolet is adding a host of safety features to the new Malibu, such as pedestrian alert with automatic braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, distance-keeping cruise control with automatic braking and a side blind spot monitor. But the most interesting one may be the new Teen Driver system, which is part of Chevy MyLink. By inputting a PIN in the car's settings menu, a parent can receive a monitoring report of how the vehicle was driven, showing items like maximum speed reached, how many times the safety systems were engaged and more. Even more interestingly, some level of control can be exerted over the car. For instance, a feature can be engaged that mutes the audio system until everyone's seat belts are buckled; parents can also opt to limit maximum speed.

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EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 47 MPG
  • Highway: 46 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

7 of 7 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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