2016 Chevrolet Malibu review: Can it finally compete with the segment stalwarts? – Autoweek

Stunning looks, striking sticker

The completely new Malibu gets a punchy, turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 and an eight-rate transmission that job perfectly together. The automobile handles far much better compared to this former rental-automobile ought to — firm and fairly flat, and much much better compared to Malibus of the past. While it could be also cruel for some, I believed the suspension an excellent compromise of stiffness and comfort. Through the well-worn Detroit streets, it managed sizable pot holes along with dull thuds and devoid of knocking my teeth loose. As quickly as facing the a lot more common rough road, the noise barely crept in to the cabin and didn’t shake anything loose. 

The Malibu’s acceleration won’t spill your morning coffee yet will certainly get hold of you up to speed quickly, along with shifts firm enough for you to notice yet not sports-automobile rough. The steering was heavier compared to I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised by its agility. However, if you’re looking for steering feedback, you won’t locate also a lot of it behind the wheel of this Chevy. Of course, that won’t be an issue along with also lots of individuals that simply want a commuter — in that respect, it can easily be optioned along with GM’s latest suite of semi-autonomous goodies that should make commuting in mind-numbing traffic that a lot easier.

Photo: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo 5

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo by Chevrolet

The interior is one more place Chevy gained strides, yet it’s still not anything spectacular. Leather covers the seat and steering wheel, yet the door panels seemed to rely also heavily on cheap plastic. This wouldn’t be a problem for a base ‘Bu, yet this thing is reaching the mid-$30K range, so it’s a spot for improvement.

The stock infotainment system is perfectly responsive and intuitive. The added layer of Apple CarPlay furthers that intuitive feel — ironically though, I found the stock navigation to job better, and be less complicated to use, compared to Apple Maps through CarPlay.

Is the Malibu much better compared to an Accord, Fusion or Camry? That would certainly be hard to say, at least in regard to the Accord and Fusion, yet it’s certainly in the discussion for exactly what midsize automobile you ought to delivering house — simply save cash and ditch several of the extras.

Wes Wren, associate editor

Photo: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo 3

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo by Chevrolet


I didn’t dislike the old Malibu, nor did rental fleets, yet no question this is a lot better-looking. It’s bigger, and that helps along with interior room — it’s huge, something midsize sedan buyers no doubt look for. I believe the exterior is excellent, even more stylish. The automobile is additionally 300 pounds lighter, according to our website.

The interior looks good to my eye, and the thing is loaded along with goodies love remote start, driver write-up system, leather, heated/cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, Apple CarPlay … on and on it goes.

Taking 300 pounds from it undoubtedly helps; it feels nimble and quick-reacting and the steering felt good; ditto the oomph and shift smoothness. No complications there. yet there was something regarding it that bugged me, and I can’t put my finger on it, various other compared to to say it didn’t ride as smoothly as I believed it would, or as smoothly as an Accord, I guess I ought to say. It’s a bit cruel over rough stuff, and the suspension sounded noisy, or again, noisier compared to an Accord. love I said, I don’t already know why. Off the top of my head and carrying out zero research, I’m blaming the 19-inch tires.

Wes Raynal, editor

Photo: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo 9

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo by Chevrolet

Chevrolet has actually a fantastic powertrain here in their turbo 2.0-liter/eight-rate combo; there’s electricity right where you want it, and shifts are quick and crisp devoid of being harsh. In fact, that sort of sums up the whole automobile — it’s a good-looking midsizer along with no genuine flaws; I tried my damndest to replicate the rough-road harshness Wes stated yet didn’t notice anything from the ordinary. Yes, the Malibu may be a bit a lot more harshly sprung compared to a Camry or Accord, yet it’s not necessarily a inadequate thing.

So Chevy finally builds a competitive Malibu … why, then, do they rate it thousands of dollars greater compared to a comparable Accord? A loaded V6 Honda is much less compared to this four-cylinder Malibu, and the highest-spec four-cylinder Accord is a whopping $4K cheaper. That means rewards will certainly be called for right off the bat to relocate Malibus, which translates to reduced resale, which repeats the exact same song Chevy’s midsizers have actually been dancing to for decades.

Andrew Stoy, digital editor

Photo: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo 7

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photo by Chevrolet

Options: driver self-confidence package II, including parking brake, adaptive cruise control, semi-automatic parking aid and front automatic braking ($1,295); driver self-confidence package, including intellibeam auto high-beam regulate head lamps, adhering to distance sensor indicator, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane-sustain assist, edge blind-zone alert along with lane-adjustment alert and front pedestrian detection ($1,195)