Though the past generation Chevrolet Malibu was an appreciated sedan, it actually met up in some areas. For 2016, however, Chevy has gone back to thier drawing board, and the result is one of the biggest age-to-age improvements in recent releases.http://www.automobileglobe.com/review-of-the-2016-chevrolet-malibu-sedan/
The first to be noticed about the 2016 Chevy Malibu is the striking exterior styling. In any case, it’s right to say this is the first Malibu since the early 70s that won’t look out of place in its Limited trim with the 19-inch wheels.
Chevy worked under the hood as well. There’s a newly standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is a replacement of the previous non-turbo 2.5-liter base engine. It produces up 36 horsepower compared to the old 2.5, but its turbocharger supplies suitable low-rpm oomph plus improved fuel economy. The Malibu’s engine upgrade, a smooth and strong turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, is optional. But it might be the new Malibu Hybrid that would impress the most. gives excellent fuel economy and smooth, quiet and surprisingly rapid acceleration. The fact that it otherwise drives like the other Malibus is an added advantage.
Inside, the quality of the materials used is unremarkable, but standard and optional features are competitive for the segment. The front seats gives plenty of adjustability, even for tall people. And in back, the previous-generation Malibu’s shortage of rear legroom has been upgraded all thanks to a wheelbase that’s nearly 4 inches longer, finally putting the Malibu on par with its primary competitors.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan is available in four main trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier. N/B the LT is technically divided into two sub-trims (1LT and 2LT), with the latter getting the 2.0-liter engine, the eight-speed automatic transmission and a few other options noted below. The Hybrid is a stand-alone trim level.
The base L lands standard with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, manual front-seat height adjusters, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, OnStar, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker audio system.
The LS adds 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, 4G LTE connectivity with mobile Wi-Fi,rearview camera, Bluetooth streaming audio, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
The 1LT comes with 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, ambient interior lighting, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar),plus rear climate vents and satellite radio.
The Hybrid is typically equal to the 1LT, though it does land standard with dual-zone automatic climate control.
The 2LT is also often times comparable to the 1LT but adds a more powerful turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips and a larger fuel tank (15.8 gallons versus 13.0 for the 1.5T).
The Premier has 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, remote ignition, a color driver information system,auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory settings function, a six-way power passenger seat (power lumbar), a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, a 120-volt power outlet, two additional USB charging ports, an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
Some of the Premier’s higher-end standard options are available on lower trim levels as additions. Other options, depending on trim, include a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and a couple of advanced safety-related features.
All 2016 Chevrolet Malibu models are front-wheel-drive. The L, LS and 1LT trim levels land standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine kept at 160 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is EPA-rated a 31 mpg combined(i.e27 city/37 highway), boosted slightly by a stop-start system that automatically turns off the engine when the car halts.
Available on the 2LT and Premier trims are an eight-speed automatic and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pours out 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That is less compared to what this engine made in the previous Malibu, but the new eight-speed transmission makes the most of it. In a test, it brought a Malibu Premier from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds–which is about average for a midsize sedan engine upgrade.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2.0-liter are 26 mpg combined (22 city/33 highway). a very impressive 32.2 mpg was averaged on the 116-mile.
The Hybrid, as the name implies, includes a gasoline-electric system taken from the Chevrolet Volt. Most of the time, it sends its power via its 76-kW electric motor, which draws electricity from its battery pack and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Overall energy is 182 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. In a testing, the Malibu Hybrid went from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest hybrid sedans.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 46 combined (47 city/46 highway) for the Hybrid. In terms of actual fuel used, it is essentially same with the Accord Hybrid and considerably better than the Camry Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu lands standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front knee airbags, front side airbags, rear side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is the OnStar telematics system, which features automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and stolen vehicle assistance.
A rearview camera is a standard feature on the LS trim on up, and there are two other advanced safety packages. The Driver Confidence package gives automatic high-beam headlight control, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and intervention, and a forward collision warning system with low-speed automatic braking. The Driver Confidence 2 package gives a self-parking system, an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking.
In a brake test, a Malibu Premier came to a stop from 60 mph in 113 feet. A superior distance that is one of the shortest recorded in this segment. The Malibu Hybrid halted in a more typical distance of 123 feet.