2016 Chevrolet Malibu Buyer's Guide
It’s a New Day in Malibu Again
The Chevy Malibu has been completely redesigned for 2016, with more stylish sheetmetal and a roomier rear seat negating the outgoing model’s two biggest competitive disadvantages. Appealing technologies include built-in internet connectivity, while the powertrain lineup includes a hybrid system rated to deliver up to 48 mpg. Segment staples Toyota Camry and Honda Accord now have yet one more viable competitor.
Driving in Malibu
From our full review of the 2016 Malibu: "With the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the Malibu pulled strongly, its new 8-speed automatic clicking off shifts with immediacy and precision, but without any harshness."
The Chevy Malibu is the first and still only car in the segment to offer built-in 4G LTE internet connectivity, keeping the car connected and allowing it to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices. New for 2016 is the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easier to leverage the capabilities of your smartphone while driving. There’s also a Teen Driver feature that gives warnings when the car goes over preset speeds and mutes the audio system when seat belts aren't being worn.
Hybrid, With Help from Volt
The Malibu's new hybrid option uses technology from the Chevy Volt to provide estimated fuel economy of 48 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. The Malibu Hybrid isn’t a plug-in like the Volt, but it uses the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and 2-motor drive unit, good for 182 total horsepower.
Build and Price
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has a starting sticker price of over $22,000 and tops out at under $36,000 for a fully loaded non-hybrid. You might be tempted to save significant money up front by opting for a Malibu Limited – the previous-generation Malibu -- but we don’t recommend it. Inferior resale value will eventually eat into the initial savings, and the new model is just that much better. Build and price your own 2016 Chevrolet Malibu to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
The Chevy Malibu was one of five midsize sedans we drove 600 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of our 2016 Midsize Sedan Comparison Test.
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