The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu or more popularly ‘Chevy’ Malibu is a midsize sedan produced by GM. The major highlights of the this all new Malibu are its sporty handling, roomy interior, responsive eight inch touchscreen and decent fuel economy. In addition, the car is blessed with several high tech-features such as automatic parking assist, rear cross traffic alert, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Chevy Malibu of 2016 edition comes with a starting MSRP of $22,500. The main rivals of the Chevy Malibu are the Hyundai Sonata, the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord, the Kia Optima and the Toyota Camry.
ENGINE AND SPECIFICATIONS
Under the hood, the 2016 Chevy Malibu comes equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged engine that delivers 163 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque at 2500 – 3000 rpm. The engine is paired with a six speed shiftable automatic transmission.
The car has also a 2.0L ECOTEC turbocharged engine that delivers 250 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 2000 – 5000 rpm. This engine is paired with an eight speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimated fuel economy of the 2016 Chevy Malibu is 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
In addition to these, the 2016 Chevy Malibu is also available with a 1.8L hybrid engine that delivers 124 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 129 lb-ft (175 N-m) of torque at 4750 rpm and offers a fuel economy of 47 mpg in the city.
The car has front wheel drive drivetrain. And, the car comes with a fuel tank capacity of 13.0 gal. The turning radius of the 2016 Chevy Malibu is 18.75′ and the curb weight of the vehicle is 3086 lbs – 3097 lbs.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu is a stylish sedan. The eye catching LED daytime running lamps enhance the beauty of the 2016 Chevy Malibu, while the front and rear doors of the car have subtly sculpted coves which look nice. Other attractive features of the sedan include HID headlights, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, turn signal indicator mirrors, LED tail lamps, steel wheels, P205/65R16 tires and dual exhaust outlets.
In terms of dimension, the 2016 Chevy Malibu measures 193.8″ in length, 73″ in width and 57.6″ in height along with a wheelbase of 111.4″. Moreover, the 2016 Chevy Malibu comes with a choice of ten sophisticated colors – Crystal Red Tintcoat, Autumn Bronze Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Butte Red Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat.
On the inside, the 2016 Chevy Malibu features high quality interior. The sedan has a seating capacity of five passengers. Seats of the car are supportive and comfortable. There is adequate head room, leg room and shoulder room. Besides, the sedan has front center armrest and rear seat center armrest. The 2016 Chevy Malibu has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.
In terms of comfort and convenience, the 2016 Chevy Malibu is packed with many features like tilt and telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel, remote keyless entry, power front windows, cruise control, single zone manual air conditioning, inside rearview manual day/night mirror, steering wheel mounted audio controls, front beverage holders, rear beverage holders, emergency communication system, wireless device charging and dual USB charging ports.
On the entertainment front, the sedan is endowed with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with an eight inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition, 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, AM / FM radio and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The Chevy Malibu 2016 version is a good performer. Ride and handling of this sedan is fine. The car has four wheel independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bar. On the braking front, the sedan is fitted with 4-wheel disc brakes and 4-wheel drum brakes.
In terms of safety, the 2016 Chevy Malibu comes equipped with a bunch of safety features such as 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front and dual rear side mounted airbags, LATCH system for child safety seats, stability control system with brake assist and adjustable pedals.
Other safety features of the sedan include rollover protection system, blind spot monitor, front tow hooks, rear tow hooks, emergency trunk release, lane departure warning, hill start assist, traction control and engine immobilizer.
The biggest advantage of the 2016 Chevy Malibu is its turbocharged engines which are fuel efficient. Cabin of this sedan is also spacious and rear seats have enough space. In addition, the sedan comes equipped with almost all safety features.
The major drawback of the 2016 Chevy Malibu is its steering which is very light. Besides, some high-tech features are available only on top end models.
Overall , the 2016 Chevy Malibu is an excellent sedan. Undoubtedly, it is a perfect midsize sedan especially for those who value bold exterior design, luxurious interior, powerful engine and safety features.