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Starting at
$25,020
EPA - est City/Hwy
27/37
Engine
1.5L inline4
Seats
5
Power
160 hp




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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

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The fully redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu steps up its game to challenge the best midsize family sedans. Previously an also-ran, the Malibu is now fully competitive thanks to a larger backseat and a fuel-efficient turbocharged base engine. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu also has style on its side thanks to crisp new sheet metal.

Though the previous-generation Chevrolet Malibu was a likable enough sedan, we found it came up short in a few key areas. For 2016, though, Chevy has gone back to the drawing board, and the result is one of the biggest generation-to-generation improvements in recent memory. The first thing you'll notice about the 2016 Chevy Malibu is the striking exterior styling. To some eyes, it even evokes the Audi A7 with its sleek, faux-hatchback profile. In any case, it's safe to say this is the first Malibu since the early 1970s that won't look out of place in the tony California seaside town for which it's named, particularly in Limited trim with the 19-inch wheels. A wallflower no more, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has become a striking car by family sedan standards. Chevy tinkered under the hood as well. There's a newly standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that replaces the previous non-turbo 2.5-liter base engine. It gives 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, remains optional. But it might be the new Malibu Hybrid that impresses the most. It produces excellent fuel economy and smooth, quiet and surprisingly rapid acceleration. The fact it otherwise drives like the other Malibus is icing on the cake. Inside, the quality of the materials is unremarkable, but standard and optional equipment are competitive for the segment. The front seats offer plenty of adjustability, even for tall folks. And in back, the previous-generation Malibu's shortage of rear legroom has been corrected thanks to a wheelbase that's nearly 4 inches longer, finally putting the Malibu on par with its primary competitors. So, is the Malibu the new family sedan favorite? We wouldn't go that far. The Honda Accord’s thorough refresh helps it maintain its status as a very compelling car, especially in its value-packed lower trim levels. The Hyundai Sonata is another excellent all-around choice for the money, while the Ford Fusion strikes emotional chords with its sharp styling and engaging driving dynamics. We also like to introduce shoppers to the underappreciated Mazda 6, which is a great choice for a car with a bit more style and athleticism. But if the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ends up feeling right to you, you'll certainly be driving one of the finer sedans in this class.

It's a wallflower no more. If you're shopping for a midsize family sedan, the fully redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu can be put on your test-drive list. It might not be as polished as some rivals, but you'll find it to be plenty practical and surprisingly fun to drive.

The 2016 Malibu is fully redesigned.



2016 Chevrolet Malibu Problems




2016 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews From Owners (43 Reviews)

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By David

on Sep/05/16 08:36 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Very Nice Car for the Money

I have had this car since March and have put 17,000 miles + on it. I have had some interior vibration and rattles in the dash that seems to be poor design, problems with the adaptive cruise control being disabled for no reason and had that unit replaced. There have been issues with the sun roof privacy screen/shade locking up resulting in the sun roof not working and had to have it reprogramed at the dealer. While these issues are annoying overall the car is fantastic. The ride is excellent both city and highway. The gas mileage is outstanding 24+ in town and 33+ on the highway exceeding the published mpg ratings. The interior space in this car is excellent as well. I would recommend this car.

By Y S

on Mar/01/17 08:25 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Junk Car

My engine light turned on after 7k miles was over a month at the mechanic. and i got the customer service from GM No help no nothing

By John

on Feb/16/17 10:08 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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47/48 mpg is a straight up lie!

I bought a 16 Malibu hybrid to replace my Jetta tdi (scandal buyback) from the first tank I was skeptical of the posted fuel economy, my dealer had excuse after excuse( break in, cold weather, driving habits) for the poor fuel economy, I have yet to get better than 35 mpg out of a tank, lifetime average of 34.7mpg over 6300 miles. I drive 60,000 miles per year which translates to an extra $2000 in fuel costs getting only 75% of the window sticker economy of 48 mpg. I contacted gm but they would do nothing at all and said it had to be my driving habit. Given my vw is a diesel and not a hybrid, it's rated for 42mpg and since 2013 I've had very few tanks of fuel less than 50mpg (8 mpg over rating) so I'm fairly certain it's not me. 2017 malibu hybrid is rated for 6 less mpg than 2016, odd considering the power train hasn't changed, hope they start a class action against gm, I'll join in! And for anyone thinking I'm a gm hater, I'm not, I also have a 15 duramax sierra Denali, a 14 Acadia Denali, an 02 quadrasteer sierra Denali and an 06 envoy, all of which I've been very happy with. I can honestly say after this experience I'll never buy another gm product, not for the car itself, but for the way I was treated, gm may as well just said "hey, thanks for being loyal and spending almost a quarter million dollars on our vehicles in the past ten years, now bend over and accept our thank you" because that's how i interpreted it! Long story short, Stay away from the hybrid!!!! And if you buy any Malibu, invest in a travel pillow for your back, you'll need it if you drive more than a half hour!

By Sheri

on Jan/04/17 05:40 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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HARD SEATS...nice dash board

TEST DRIVE TEST DRIVE FOR AT LEAST 45min.....Butt and back pain. Chevy should have invested money in the interior and quality and less in the dashboard.

By ScottieO

on Dec/29/16 04:51 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Happy to be back to an American automobile maker.

I had newer Korean model, never had a problem with it, but in the back of my mind there always was the stigma that it might be a mistake, mind you,this was a good car. I watch car reviews constantly, then one day I watched a review then read a few on the new Malibu and it caught my interest " an American car that received a great review that I was already thought about in the past. So I went to Chevy and test drove one, I was ecstatic, ride, handling and standard features were excellent, even though the Korean car had everything I thought I might trade it in. So I waited a few months, 6 to be exact. Then one day I went back and test drove it again. Well I bought it and have been happy ever since, except it's now my wife's car, and I have the privilege of driving once and awhile. It nice to know that every once and awhile husbands a wives can agree.

By Scott Rossmann

on Nov/25/16 05:09 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Lower back isses and tall, Stay AWAY!!

On this model do not get it. The manual seats have this funky ratcheting lever that raises the seat. I'm 6'2" tall and now my head hits the roof as I enter and leave the car besides my lower back is killing me due to non-existent lumbar support. The goofy auto stop feature sometimes kicks on and feels like someone just hit the rear bumper. Needs some major work. Already complained the very next business day to get the Tuff F.U. from the dealer and sales department. They don't care at all, but now since they do when my feet go numb because of their crappy seat and causes an accident, they will be held liable!

By Louise Z.

on Sep/06/16 11:10 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Leasing the Malibu 2016

I have had my Malibu for the past month and I do honestly love it. I traded in my 2015 Chevrolet equinox to get something smaller and better gas mileage and I do not regret my decision with the Malibu. Again I did get the base version so I do not have all the bells and whistles that I would've hoped for but even with that I get rear camera, touchscreen display, apple carplay, the rear seating is roomy. The acceleration isn't the fastest at first but if you give it a couple seconds it'll get pretty fast especially when merging onto the freeway. It is a push to start which I've never had before and I think this feature is awesome. The engine does auto stop which I had no idea about until I was driving it the day after purchase. I was never told about this feature before purchasing so I was really confused, so after I read my owners manual it told me what it was. I wasn't expecting it to be on a non-hybrid but if it's saving me gas I can't complain. I understand the jerking when you press the gas if you like to drive like [non-permissible content removed] and have no patience to accelerate when a light switches. I have had no problem with jerking motions thus far because the engine will start again once you ease off the brake and then accelerate. Honestly not a problem. The auto stop will activate when you stop after having been driving for a couple minutes or certain speed (not quite sure yet but this is what I've observed). Sometimes when I'm stopped at a light it will randomly turn the engine back on which I don't understand but I mean, it normally would be running in any other car, and that's not really a point that sold me on this car so I'm not mad. Overall I love this car, very sporty inside and out.

By Paul Caloia

on Aug/05/16 11:14 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Sexy car

i guess my only complaint would be the first 1/2 sec of take off is slugish. almost feels like the brake is on. then it goes like hell.
the park assist / lane control keeps coming on and off. dealer is not sure what is wrong. bucket seats are hard. radio sound is poor.

By Ginger Ramsey

on May/28/16 08:32 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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2016 malibu lt 2.0 ltr

I have a long term lease on this car. Everything is great except the stop start on the Eco option. I despise it. I hate sitting at a red light and when it turns green and I press on the gas pedal. The car jolts and it's as if someone is hitting me in the rear. Also the fuel economy on this car isn't that great. I got better gas mileage on a dodge challenger. Other than the fuel and Eco stop start the car is an excellent choice!!

By Heather Hermans

on Apr/20/16 05:08 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Love my malibu

The car has saved me so much in gas! Traded in my GMC Terrain which was rated at 32 MPG which I was lucky to get 23 MPG mostly highway miles. I can actually get 35 MPG with my Malibu. It's a smooth quiet ride ! Would definitely recommend it to anyone! Feels like a full size family car so much room inside and in the trunk.

By Brian Swafford

on Jan/31/16 07:03 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Great Car

it is a great car runs nice looks great and cant beat the price for all the features i bought mine from Michael Malagutti at Blasius Chevrolet and they are a wonderful group to work with when it comes to buying this car Mike did a great job!!

By Tmt33kp@gmail.com

on Feb/13/17 04:49 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Wow... who knew ?

Decided to trade in my 2014 Rav4 with 79,000 miles and was looking mainly at a Cadillac. After kicking the tires on a few, the salesperson called me back and told me about a demo with 3,000 miles on it and it turned out to be my "new" vehicle: a champagne colored Malibu LT with the Convenience and Technology package. No one was more surprised than me. First off, I must not be watching or paying attention to tv commercials that feature this car because I had never heard about it until it was brought to my attention. I checked the consumer reviews for the good and the bad and nothing I read scared me away. So I went and took a test drive and was immediately impressed..... by the ride. Previously owned a Lincoln Continental that gave me the most comfortable ride I've ever had. Until this car. To call it a smooth a ride is an understatement. You should just try it. The seats are comfortable with lumbar support; all kinds of adjustable and with the tilt/telescope steering column... I have no idea why people would write a review stating it is anything short of good - if not great. Get the seat exactly wear you want it prior to taking a test drive and you will see what I am talking about. Blind spots? I used the side mirrors and while a blind spot monitor would be nice, I have had no problem in city or highway driving with blind spots. If nothing else, I guess I can thank the reviewers who mentioned it as it does have me double check :) By the way, I'm 5'10" tall and if I wanted to, I can adjust the seat high enough to hit my head.. or lower it to ride gansta style if I was a younger and stupider man trying to impress.... well, no one is really impressed by that. Acceleration is smooth but you will not drag race with this car. But is has plenty of get up and go from the stop. On the way home I passed a semi on a two way country highway road and it had no problem going from 50 to a quick passing speed and there was still plenty of power left had I needed it. The verdict? For a sedan with all the space... absolutely comfortable.... good to great gas mileage....has great street appeal.... and all of it for in my case, under $23,000.... well, it pretty much sells itself. I just knew nothing about it and I would like to think I keep up on things... but this one (almost) got by me. By the way, a shout out to Heiser Chevrolet in West Allis, WI .. agreat group of people who did more for me in three hours then their competitors did in 3 days. Literally.... if you are in the area and looking... stop by there and see how it feels to be treated like an interested consumer.

By Kai Ponte

on Feb/03/17 02:34 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Great Commuter car even for tall people

So, I have driven the earlier Malibu cars as rentals. There was nothing fancy about them. Having owned a 2000 Jetta TDI for commuting, I wanted something less cramped, noisy, smelly and with the ability to get 40+ mpg in mostly street driving. I decided between the Malibu, Fusion Energi, Fusion Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in, and Accord Hybrid. Out of all, the Malibu hybrid has the most comfort and room for me (I'm 6'4" and have two 6' tall teenage boys.) After three months and four thousand miles, I can highly recommend this car. It handles great. It is comfortable for long distances, seats four nicely, provides wonderful driving dynamics and has great gas mileage. In spite of it being a hybrid (based on the Volt drivetrain, which is fantastic), it can get out of traffic without a fuss. The engine has great torque and yet still maintains 43 mpg overall. My only complaints are that the trunk is a bit small with the battery pack. I would like to have seen the battery in the floor like the Volt. Also, maybe bring a bigger battery so the car can run on electric a little more. So, far, I've had zero defects and no need for service.

By Shane

on Jan/24/17 01:58 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Chevrolet Knocked This One Out Of The Park

I own the 2016 Malibu LT with the Convenience and Technology Package and the car is absolutely amazing! First off, the exterior is gorgeous! It draws a lot of eyes and for good reason. The interior is extremely spacious and comfortable! The lumbar support is great and the room in both the front seats and back seats is amazing. I have had multiple adults in the back seats and they all comment about how much room they have. The technology within My Link is great and easy to use. My Link also enables Apple Car Play which is an amazing feature that just adds that much more usability to the entertainment system. On top of it all the 8" color display looks amazing! Performance itself is also very nice! You won't win any races but there is a little bit of get up and go in it. The start stop technology is also very seamless, as long as you don't try to hammer the gas the second the light turns you won't experience any problems with jerkiness some people talk about. To top it off I've consistently gotten better than the estimated gas mileage both in town and on the highway! Overall, Chevrolet really has out done itself with this car and it is one of the best if not the best in the class. I also test drove a Ford Fusion and Honda Accord before deciding on the Malibu.

By Patricia Armstrong

on Dec/19/16 09:50 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!!!

Bought mine in February. It only has 12000 miles on it. THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP FAILED stranding me and in the process totally destroyed a piston and some other things. The dealer has taken over a week to even come up with the part and actually since these are MAJOR components on a NEW, I would prefer for them just to replace the engine. THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER 2016 MALIBU in the dealership waiting on parts FOR THE SAME ISSUE. Car is a nice, fancy, UNRELIABLE POS.

By Cal From SLO

on Oct/21/16 06:40 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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A Pleasant Surprise

I had a 2016 Chevy Malibu rental for two months while my Subaru was sidelined due to unavailability of airbag parts. I was initially disappointed to be assigned an American make, as I am more than happy with my Japanese makes, a Subaru and a Honda. However, the Chevy proved to be a pleasant surprise. It was powerful and handled beautifully. Indeed, in 60 years of driving, I got my first speeding ticket because I didn't realize how fast I was going. Moreover, the seats were comfortable and body was tight and rattle-free. My only slight disappointment was the gas mileage. My best mileage, with mostly highway driving on level land, was 29 miles per gallon.

By Allan Kiifner

on Oct/16/16 11:49 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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A "Sweet" Ride

The 2016 Chevy Malibu Premier is a wonderful car in every aspect. Since I'm over 6' tall, the Malibu Premier offers lots of leg room, extremely comfortable seating, and a smooth and comfortable ride. I've driven the car nearly 5,000 miles since purchasing it. I'm getting about 33 MPG on the highways and 27 MPG driving in the city. Since the car has a 2.0 turbo engine, it requires premium gas. I want you to know that I cannot complain either about the mileage or the ride. We've driven on country roads as well as in the city and on the interstate. The ride is of such a great quality that we haven't had the first complaint. I normally drive a BMW on a daily basis. The Malibu Premier offers a similar quality of ride, quietness, and acceleration as the BMW. Technologically, the car is one of most advanced vehicles on the road. We love the 4G internet. Bose sound system is just awesome to listen to our music. Mechanically, we did have two sensors and a USB port go dead. Chevy quickly replaced the parts; and, we're back up and running again. This has been one of the best GM purchases I've made. Highly recommend the car.

By Onlyhonda

on Oct/04/16 11:16 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Thank God it was just a rental

I would rather drive my 17 year old honda than this p.o.s. the ride was so noisy and unsteady,too many blind spots,interior is very poorly designed. I seriously didn't feel safe driving the car due to its poor outward visibility, and shaking, I had to to exchange it a better designed sedan (sonata).this experience has forced me to never consider GM products for anything.you would think a brand new car would have more pep,but then again it's a chevy.

By Jsullivan

on Jan/18/16 06:36 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Sporty but practical

Just took delivery of 2016 Malibu LT. I had a 2010 Malibu and didn't think there would be difference between the cars well I was wrong. The 2016 is a great car to drive and the apple car play is a great feature especially living in New Hampshire were hands free is the law. Would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone and also would recommend them to go Commonwealth Chevrolet.

By RJM

on Sep/28/16 08:56 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Package needs help

This is the Premier line which also sums up my disappointment in the car. The under dash rattle is in harmony with the door panels that chatter. The last GM I bought was 1988 and it will be another 30 years maybe before I try one again. In our family between the two GM's, 3 jeeps, 2 dodges, 1 Ford, 3 Honda',s and 2 Hyundai's prove that cars can be made that don't rattle. It's a sexy car and semi-fun to drive, just not enjoyable to own. It is a bad copy of a good import.

By Guy

on Aug/26/16 05:18 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Amazing daily commute and long trips car!

It drives smooth and quiet, very comfortable and roomy interior. large trunk space. I'm pretty sure It gets higher mileage than rated, drove it from New York to Montreal and arrived with 1/4 of a tank still full. The electronics are amazing!!! large display and very easy to understand, it is equipped with every gadget you can think of apple CarPlay, android auto, XM, Navigation and of course the Wi-Fi availability is a blessing. Connected the kids tablets to the Wi-Fi drove for 7 hours and did not hear them even once say the dreadful "are we there yet", also I must add that if your daily commute is driving in terrible slow traffic you are going to be happy with the noticeable gas savings and you will never be bored with all the array of radio stations and music available at your fingertips

By PJB

on Jun/26/16 06:32 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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This ain't no Camry

Had the car for a long term rental. Thoroughly unimpressed. Really sluggish acceleration. Transmission not ver responsive especially in reverse. The car wallowed like an overloaded boat even with only two people in it. Decent interior room but not much more to say on a positive note. Suffered seriously in comparison with our Camry and Sonata.

By Corey

on Mar/01/16 02:29 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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LOVE MY BU!!!

Ok, I just got my 2016 Malibu LT with the Driver Confidence package and the Technology package and I have to say I LOVE it! I had a 2010 Malibu LT2 and swore I would never buy another GM car again. This car is so far beyond the 2010 model it's crazy! I can't believe I bought another one but so far I'm happy I did. You really need to go see it in person and drive it.

I bought both of my cars at Bob Steele Chevrolet. They are the best with sales and their service department always goes above and beyond to take care of me.

By Keith

on Sep/16/16 08:45 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Never will get a GM product again!!!

After having car for 5 months, I had 10 things wrong with it. The dealer kept my car for 1.5 weeks, only for them to tell me they couldn't duplicate any of my complaints. First, the drivers door=was misalingned from factory, after dealer "realingned door, then it wouldn't close properly. It ripped the rubber gaskets. Also, the drivers door lock on the handle was getting so it wouldn't work (had to press the button at least 6 times to get it to unlock). The drivers seat bottom had a "loose" feeling to it when going around corners, told the dealer they wouldn't feel it in the city (straight roads), they couldn't get it to do it. The list goes on, too much for this review. All I know is after 5 months, I took a hit and unloaded this car and bought the Ford Fusion, MUCH better car and was cheaper than the malibu!!

By Rick

on Jun/22/16 05:12 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Love this vehicle

It drives really nice. Quiet, and very comfortable interior. I love the acceleration in the little turbo engine, and I get mileage higher than rated. The electronics are easy to understand, and the Bose speakers sound terrific.

By S. M.

on Jun/04/16 08:00 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Unbelievable Problems

Let me start off by saying I traded in a little Toyota Prius C for this car (big mistake!) thinking it would be a nice, reliable larger vehicle. I was wrong. I purchased this car in March. With less than 1500 miles on it I have had it in the shop twice. The first time the car had less than 1k miles on it!! It feels like a transmission problem. I am familiar with the system where the car will turn itself off while at a stoplight and then back on again- I'm fine with that system. What is not okay is when driving in DC rush hour traffic, accelerating, braking, or slowing down and the car will violently jerk. The first time it felt as if I was rear-ended. I took it the dealer and they said they could not find any codes or problems with it. A week later, I had to drop it off it there again tonight. The car is unsafe to drive- the violent jerking is scary and in heavy traffic, cars behind you don't have much warning.
It makes a loud clunking noise sometimes and sounds like the engine is going to drop out. The jerking is so bad if you don't have your seatbelt on, you WILL be thrown forward and injured. I can't believe this. This vehicle is less than one month old.

Another issue is the Chevy MyLink system touchscreen. Occasionally it won't turn on, and other times Apple Carplay won't work. I called Chevy and they offered some "troubleshooting" tips but nothing was a permanent fix. I am having the dealer take a look at it as well. Chevy said Apple Carplay not working with certain Iphones is a "known problem". Then why has it not been fixed??!

I am frustrated. I traded in a perfectly good little, reliable Toyota and got this monster. I like the car otherwise, but not enough to buy one again. It is very comfortable (compared to the tiny Prius C). My gas mileage is pretty decent- hovers around high 20's and occasionally dips up or down. I'm very short and find visibility not to be an issue. If It didn't have the jerking problem, I would love this car.

By Andrew Mascia

on Mar/04/16 08:57 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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THE STRAIGHT DOPE

Check with Edmunds first_ visit 3 dealers if possible_test drive on different types of roads_walk out if price is not right.

By Harry

on Feb/13/16 12:26 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu



First ownership of a GM Vehicle

I have purchased a 2016 1LT with the Convenience and Technology package on 1/2016. So far this car is great. Very smooth and has better power output than my previous car (that has a 2.0L N/A 4 banger). The seats are very comfortable and sink in when you sit in it. The lumbar support is great and visibility is very sleek. I'm retiring from my rice burner days for something very quite and easy cruiser for everyday tasks. I personally call it the quarter life crisis car.

By BTM

on Jun/26/16 06:16 PM (UTC)

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A great mid size car that checks all the boxes

I read a lot of reviews and drove several cars before deciding to lease the Malibu. While I have only owned this for a little over a week, I am very happy with my decision. It is very quiet and comfortable. If I had to sum the car up in one word I would say it is smooth. Also, it is averaging 33mpg with mixed highway and city driving which is good for a car with this much interior room, trunk size, etc. The 1.5L engine definitely has adequate acceleration in any situation I have driven in including interstate driving. Since I have only had this a week, I cannot report on its reliability but I will submit a follow up in a few months. Overall I believe this is a very good choice for anyone looking at a mid sized car.

By James

on May/18/16 09:25 PM (UTC)

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Fantastic! Base engine is definitely adequate

Spent 6 days and over 800 miles driving the new model Malibu as a rental. Surprisingly, this was the new 2016 model and not the 2016 Limited that you would typically find in a rental fleet. I currently own a 2015 Malibu 1LT and love it as well. I would say that the new 1.5L base engine in the new 2016 Malibu is definitely adequate. Acceleration is not going to push you back into your seat, but is certainly adequate, even for merging into high speed traffic in Washington DC with short on-ramps (I know, rare that you ever have to merge into "high speed" traffic in DC!). The seats were especially comfortable in the front. While I prefer the leather in my 2015 Malibu, the cloth seats were exceptionally comfortable for long drives (3+ hours at a time). My rear-seat, adult passengers did comment they felt the seats in my 2015 1LT were more comfortable than these in the new 2016; however, they did state that they weren't uncomfortable nor did they feel cramped.

I was very impressed with the fuel economy of the 1.5L base engine as, just like I get in my 2.5L 2015 Malibu, I averaged 40+ mpg on the highway at 60-65mph speeds. If you are willing to sacrifice fuel economy, the 2.0L turbo sounds like it provides very nice power; however, the fuel economy of the 1.5L combined with very adequate acceleration make this a definite winner in my book.

By Ronald Lakatos

on Jul/08/16 01:03 PM (UTC)

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After a year of ownership

Miles per gallon were better then epa estimates. all rep[air issues were fixed car has been a pleasure to drive.

By Curt

on Apr/06/16 02:25 PM (UTC)

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Great looks, performance and comfort... I'm a fan!

I'm impressed with pretty much every aspect of the all-new Malibu. The styling is super appealing, at least in my eyes. I went with the 1LT with the Sun & Wheels package, Driver Confidence package, Leather (with 9-speaker Bose system) package, and the Convenience and Technology package.

Let me say, the 1.5L Turbo is surprisingly peppy. And fuel economy is outstanding! I achieved 38.3 mpg over a 50 mile drive. And, in stark contrast to another reviewer here, I'm throughly impressed with the stop/start technology. It's pretty much seamless. And in rush-hour, stop and go traffic I like the fact that I'm not wasting fuel and pumping hydrocarbons!

I often drive 200 - 300 miles a day for my job, and I'm not totally fatigued when I get home at night. The new seating w/power lumbar is comfortable and supportive. Oh, an lots and lots of rear seat leg room, unlike the Malibu this replaces!

OK... only one downside. Like I said, I drive a lot. And I find I have to fill the tank about every day and a half. I wish the tank was a bit larger, but I guess that would affect the overall fuel economy.

Drive it. I think you'll like it.

By Joko

on Feb/11/16 04:52 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Great car

2.0 engine takes premium fuel and the 1.5 takes 89 0ctane

By Guy

on Sep/13/16 09:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Leased a 2016 LS Malibu Silver Color

Its a giant car so if will probably meet your space needs. I think I got an amazing deal. I would have had to pay the same amount for a leasing a corolla but with a low residual. I think its too big for a single guy like me but I its way more comfy than the compact sedans I test drove. I liked the ride and apple carplay and guided rearview camera is cool. Keyless entry Yes Please. Push Start button. Apple car play is amazing. It comes with onstar so I can have wifi within car, locate my car from my phone and even lock it. If your car has remote start it will let you do it from your phone as well. I will not end up continuing onstar because I am usually driving it alone and my phone internet is enough. The nice thing is the tech stuff comes with all trims but since its LS the interior doesn't come bells and whistles but its better than the basic trim of most (non luxury) compact sedans. Edmunds is right about the screen getting stains. Acceleration is not mind blowing in the start but does get the job done. You are not going to win races but you are not going to feel that its underpowered either. Mileage is not phenomenal but its not a deal breaker either. I was nervous about the start and stop but it never bothered me at all. I am single and fresh out of grad school and got this as my first car. My only regret is that I shouldn't have gotten this nice of a car but I think price wise it made a lot of sense. Its quite and handles bumpy road well. I had no trouble in acceleration at high speeds. Me and my sister went on a long trip and loved it. I love the looks of ford fusion but not a fan of how they their price and interior that comes with base trims. My personal opinion is that the interior of Malibu is a lot better than fusion interior and I love the infotainment (Did I mention carplay). I got compliments for the exterior so yeah I would definitely recommend it. If you can afford I would definitely recommend do get safety features like blind spot because the pillars are kind of thick.

By Chris

on Jun/13/16 05:07 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Great so far! (update....still great!)

We purchased the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu LT-1 with the Convenience and Technology, Leather, and Driver Confidence packages in December of 2015. We have loved the car in the six months we have owned it. We have put nearly 6000 miles on the car (including a trip through the mountains of Colorado to the Grand Canyon) and have averaged nearly 33 mpg overall. We got 38 mpg on our 2500 mile round trip vacation.
The ride is extremely quiet and comfortable. The seating is great (I am 6'5) in both the front and back. There is plenty of room in the trunk for our trips to our baseball tournaments.
The exterior gets stares everywhere we go -- love the body style.
The engine acceleration won't knock you back in your seat but it is fine for our driving habits. It also does very well in the snow and rain and gripping on the highway.
The safety features are awesome! Lane assist, front, side, and rear warnings, blind side warning, etc. are definitely worth the upgrade.
Our complaints are small but include a lack of storage for coins and sunglasses, a lack of dual climate controls, and no memory settings on the driver's seat.

We are now at approximately 10,000 miles on our car (after 11 months) and we have averaged 32.5 mpg with a combination of city and highway driving. Our best was 41 mpg of straight highway driving. We still love the car with no new complaints. One of the best parts is that there are not very many '16 Malibus on the road even after a year on the market. My wife gets compliments on the car nearly every where she goes.

By Greg128

on May/18/16 04:32 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Refined car that does everything well

Just leased a new 2016 Malibu Premier mostly for the wife but also for me (have a company truck). It does everything exceedingly well. It looks fantastic in and out. The 2.0 Turbo is a gem, and is very smooth and quiet even from outside of the car. Maximum torque is available from 2000-5000 RPM and combined with the 8 speed transmission it is rewardingly responsive at all speeds. That combined with the lighter weight and excellent steering it feels to me almost like a sports sedan, and I have had a few sports cars in the past. The ride is firm and composed, and the cabin attractive and quiet. This replaced my wife's 2008 Saturn Aura with the 3.6 V-6 which had plenty of power but which wasn't readily available from the 6 speed transmission unless it was punched. The Malibu power comes on early and strong with only partial throttle inputs as the 8 speed eagerly downshifts when asked. I had reservations about the Turbo 4 and not sure about its long term reliability but not too worried as this engine has been used by GM for a number of years and the car is leased so that is not an issue to me. It is also agile and light on its feet around corners and has a far more rigid structure compared to her Saturn, which I liked very much.

The technology is amazing. The My Link interface is intuitive and fairly easy to use. The navigation has a second integrated window that shows what the road actually looks like, including the number of lanes on the road. Voice commands work failry well. Blind spot alerts in the mirrors and moving vehicle alerts when backing up also work well. The Bose sound system sounds good to me. There are some downsides...no spare tire (bought a bunch of tire plugs...also has roadside assistance for 5 years...although I might spring for an optional spare)....and my wife mentioned the noticeable downshifts from the transmission which I told her was normal and frankly don't bother me. Premium fuel is "recommended" which tells me performance and mileage will be less with regular. In mostly city driving we are seeing about 22 MPG. On the highway it is indicating around 35 MPG according to the trip computer.

In summation, other than more power (probably not practical with FWD) I can't see how the driving experience could get much better.

By Ligor Manushi

on Apr/07/16 05:56 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Drivers seat uncomfortable

After 4500 miles I gave the car to my niece. I started having hip pain due to the driver's seat relationship to the gas and break pedal. The break pedal needs to move 2" to the right. The seat is uncomfortable and needs another 2-3" of foam. I ended up getting a 2016 altima and the hip pain took almost two weeks to go away; the seats are so comfortable. What a difference. Yes the Malibu does drive incrementally better and has better steering feel, but it's not worth the passion and discomfort. I test drive over 20 cars trying to make sure I would not end up with the issue of the break pedal to seat ergonomic nightmare of the Malibu. It was between a used 5 series with the sports package seats (the base seats are not any better than those on the Malibu) or the Altima. For some reason I found that most new cars have moved the break pedal towards the left! Huge mistake.
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Make sure you take a 30 minute drive in it. the front drivers seat is uncomfortable. I went from a 2013 Altima to the 2016 Malibu and i miss my Altima's seats so much. these are next to the worst front seats I've ever experienced. almost as bad as the 1998 Geo Prizm. what a mistake. i'm going to lose some money to get out of it before i even even make a payment for the car. while the steering tilts and telescopes the seat location, steering location and brake pedal are not tying in to my body. i am 5'9" 168lbs. for 286 miles of driving and i still can not locate a seating position that is comfortable for me. the real reason is the bottom cushion which is too thin and points upwards for some reason at the edge, and they are too short. it is almost like they went for good interior materials and design, but took the money from the seats. I would trade hard plastic for good seats without a second thought.

By Brian Kelly

on Apr/01/16 09:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Don't Buy This Car - You'll Regret It!

My 2014 Odyssey was hit in the rear pretty bad a week ago. His name is Reggie, poor Reggie. It is in the body shop getting repaired.

I have this 2016 Malibu Eco LTZ as a rental for two weeks from Hertz. To be fair, overall it is a nice car. Handles nicely like a German car - like our 2000 Jetta when it was new. The styling is nice, the technology is nice, the ride is sporty and fun to drive, the handling is sporty and fun to drive.

HOWEVER, all the nice features fall apart because it is designed to completely stop and turn off when you come to a complete stop in order to save gas. It is a HORRIBLE and extremely ANNOYING feature!!!! Our Honda van has an eco mode that saves gas but it does not involve turning completely off at every single stop light. The eco mode of our van does not turn off to save gas but engages when the car is MOVING. This Malibu is a nightmare to drive because of this aggravating feature. We have begun making a game of it to keep from getting mad. If you turn the Air conditioning on (comfort mode not eco mode), the engine sorta turns off less. If you shift into Neutral as you stop at a stoplight, it keeps running. If you press on the gas lightly as you have your foot firmly down on the brake at a complete stop, it does not shut off. Even more of a JOKE, at a long stop light, the car will just UNEXPECTEDLY turns back on on its own if you are at a long long light. What a JOKE about saving gas! Thankfully, it is only a rental and I can turn it back into Hertz in two weeks. We have named the car Obama, as the president and his eco nut friends are probably very proud of themselves for inspiring such a junky car feature to save gas - eco nuts! Don’t buy this car if you are a car enthusiast or a enjoy driving like us, the shut off feature will drive you nuts unless you make it a game.

By Craig Brandriff

on Jul/29/16 08:59 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Chevrolet hammered this one out of the PARK!!

Truly a superior and roomier design than many of the larger sedans, and most of the similarly sized competitors. Handles better, roomier, and much better cargo space than the Buick La Cross we replaced, (horrible headrests).

By Steve

on Jun/25/16 11:06 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Premier Model: Everything excellent but mileage

Are you ready to go back to the 1960s gas guzzlers? Then the Premier model is for you with the big engine (as is the next lower model when equipped with the big engine). After three months and about 1100 miles, almost all city driving, we have never had better than 14 mpg except for once when it went up almost to 16, though that tank included some freeway driving. The car seems to do quite well mileage-wise on the freeway, in the higher twenties. I have no idea how the EPA or GM came up with the 22 estimated MPG for city driving. AND THE CAR REQUIRES PREMIUM to get such lousy mileage. I was concerned about the low estimated mileage but never considered the possibility of getting such low mileage. The car is quite comfortable to drive and it handles and shifts well. The smaller engine is way underpowered (even for me who also drives a Prius so I am no power hungry person), which is why we got the bigger engine. I RECOMMEND AGAINST BUYING THIS CAR. One other note, the infotainment system is quite difficult to use and program. For EACH driver's phone, you need to program it for when that phone is not in the car, when that is connected to the infotainment system solely by blue-tooth and not by a cable connection, and when it is connected via a cable such that Car Play (or Android Play) is activated. And there are different commands and options depending on these three different situations, none of which are explained in the manuals. This includes two different navigation systems (the car's own system or the one from Apple or your Android phone). Many of your presets will be grayed out if they were programmed for a different phone or different usage pattern, We are computer and tech savvy people but find it difficult to use except for the most basic tasks. And the manual is not helpful.

By Ken

on Jun/21/16 08:51 PM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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Has some good traits and some bad traits

I have a lease for a 2016 Chevy Malibu LT1. There are some nice things about the car that I like, but there are quite a few areas that need improvement. First the good points: 1) The style of the car is very sharp. 2) The 1.5 liter turbo engine is surprisingly pretty good on acceleration. 3) The interior looks like a high-end luxury car with a few exceptions (see bad points). Next, the bad points: 1) The 7" Infotainment system is severely limited in that it does not provide a hands-free voice command interface to my smartphone over bluetooth. Instead, you have to use the touch-screen to make phone calls or play music via bluetooth. 2) There are hardly any storage compartments for things like sunglasses, coins, etc. The only storage compartments are on the doors, in the armrest and in the glove box. I have driven other cars that have change-holders, sunglasses holders, and other various storage compartments that are more convenient than what the Malibu provides. 3) The AutoStop feature can be annoying at times. It shuts the engine off too quickly when easing to a stop, especially if you are using the brake to ease forward into a parking space or the garage.

By Deborah Karolewicz

on Mar/25/16 09:39 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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GM MAKES JUNK

DON'T buy this car with the start / stop system you will hate it, it works when it wants to. The transmission is so clunky, the car skips and lunges when you least expect. Let's not forget the dealerships are not telling you about the start/stop system, when I test drove mine it never shut off once until I got home and drove it that night(Thursday). I called the dealership they told me to bring it in Monday, then they said " What your experiencing is the start/stop system. I told them I didn't want the car, they told me too bad. I HATE this car, it's JUNK!!!!!!!!!

By Rick Rajala

on Apr/07/16 08:23 AM (UTC)

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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2.0 is the way to go!

Great ride- firm but smooth and quiet. Acceleration is strong but linear- not sudden jerk. Average 30 MPG. Handling is sporty- but not a sports sedan. Transmission shifts smoothly and always in the right gear- no hunting.
Seats are comfortable. Forward visibility is good, but headlights just adequate. Side and rear pillars block view- rear camera helps with backing, but not great- maybe just need to get used to it. Forward Collision Assist is okay, but rain and fog can cause inaccurate calculation which has resulted in sudden braking for no reason- no cars on rural road. Side mirror alert also shows a ghost vehicles- ie none there. Lane Assist does not work well in wet weather.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    111.4 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    193.8 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    57.6 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3126 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    42.0 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    58.5 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    38.1 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    57.1 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    15.8 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.23 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    245
  • Rear Tire Profile
    45



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front And Dual Rear
  • Knee Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    9
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Radio
    AM/FM


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    Engine 1
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    13.0 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Premier / FWD / 8A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.7 sec @ 96.2 mph
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Premier / FWD / 8A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.7 sec @ 97 mph
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Hybrid / FWD / CVT

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.4 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 88.5 mph
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1LT / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.5 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.5 sec @ 84.6 mph
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1LT / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.0 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.4 sec @ 85 mph
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True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $15,460
  • Private Seller Price
    $17,174
  • Dealer Price
    $18,466
  • Original MSRP
    $25,020


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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    27 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    37 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 4
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    6
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    6 years / 100,000 miles
    5 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Key Factors

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Pros

  • Sporty handling around turns
  • Hybrid version is respectably quick to accelerate
  • Spacious interior with tall-person-friendly front seats
  • Responsive and intuitive 8-inch touchscreen interface with sharp graphics.
  • Strong brakes

Cons

  • Sparsely equipped base L trim
  • Mediocre acceleration from base 1.5-liter engine
  • Some low-speed lurches from transmission
  • Distracting sun reflections from interior trim.
  • Touchscreen prone to harsh reflections and obscuring fingerprints


2016 Chevrolet Malibu True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,300$1,346 $1,393$1,441 $1,492$6,972
Maintenance$0$44 $810$760 $3,053$4,667
Repairs$0$0 $149$355 $518$1,022
Taxes & Fees$2,407$189 $178$168 $159$3,101
Financing$727$576 $419$259 $92$2,073
Depreciation$8,390$1,756 $1,545$1,369 $1,229$14,289
Fuel$1,307$1,346 $1,386$1,428 $1,471$6,938
True Cost To Own ®$14,131$5,257 $5,880$5,780 $8,014$39,062

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Chevrolet Malibu NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/13/2015

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. while driving 10 mph, the vehicle made an abnormal noise without warning. the contact was informed that the rear driver side brake pads were installed backwards and needed to be repaired. the vehicle was repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the issue. the failure mileage was 145. update 01/15/16 ma


Date Complaint Filed: 02/24/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. the contact stated that upon reentering the vehicle to restart it, the rear windshield window shattered. the contact was uncertain of how the failure occurred due to no object encountered the rear windshield. the vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 2,073.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/08/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

During a modest deceleration or while the car is coasting towards a stop with brake depressed, the transmission will at times seem to downshift in an unsmooth way. seemingly skipping gears down. the vehicle at times can coast at around 1500 rpms then all of the sudden the rpms jump to almost or around 3000 rpms causing a bucking sensation for the driver. brake use is affected when this occurs. when the vehicle bucks, the brake pressure can change or is enhanced by the downshift. this can happen pretty regularly during regular driving use and is noticed most during slower driving speeds (10 - 45 mph) and light brake use. high speed braking and heavy brake use do not have this affect as much. dealer reviewed and could not see any issues. suggested report to gm - perhaps a software update can smooth out shifting. noticed first time a day after purchase.


Date Complaint Filed: 05/30/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I just bought a 2016 camaro which had bad motor mounts. which the dealer denied. i decided that i could not drive a brand new car with bad motor mounts so i traded the car in for the 2016 malibu. after driving the malibu for a couple weeks now, i noticed similar characteristics of motor mount problems i've had in the past. currently, i believe that chevrolet's or gms motor mount designs or quality, are in line with industry standards. i've tried to contact chevrolet and they're not providing me with an avenue to start an investigation. i can currently demonstrate what i believe to be, excessive power train movement on my current 2016 malibu which i believe exists on other malibus and other gm made models, like camaro ss. i have: turned off engine, opened the hood then pushed and pulled the car back and forth. the power train movement was quit noticeable. i might put a dial indicator on it to see exactly how far. i'll be taking my car in to the dealer to get their written word on my current complaint for which i believe will result in 'there's nothing wrong with your car' or its 'working as designed'. again, i believe the power train movement to be outside of industry standards. only certain people in the auto industry would be able to deem otherwise. i just so happen to know what a power train mount issue feels like. power train movement during shifts is very extreme on this car in my opinion. the average person would think that it's a problem with the transmission itself. however, i know what the problem is. it's the power train mounts causing it to feel like a firm/jolting shift. it's not a problem with the transmission itself. due to the fact i've had 2c 2016 chevrolet cars with what i believe had bad power train mounts, i believe chevrolet has a systemic issue. i'm happy to show my car's issue to the nhtsa


Date Complaint Filed: 09/05/2016

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. while driving at various speeds, the stabilizing traction warning indicator illuminated. the vehicle emitted a loud noise from the steering wheel and the vehicle shuttered. the contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering control module failed and needed to be replaced. the dealer de-coded all the warning indicators and informed the contact that a new amplifier was being manufactured. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure recurred. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 2,614.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/19/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet mailbu. while pulling out of a parking spot at 3 mph, the abs engaged without warning. there were no warning lights illuminated. while gradually depressing the brake pedal while driving, the abs repeatedly jerked the vehicle for miles. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the vehicle was towed to the dealer where no failures was diagnosed. the failure mileage was 61.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/20/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. while driving over 25 mph, the intellibeam headlight system disabled itself inadvertently and took a mile or more to reset. the vehicle was taken to a dealer, but no failures were found. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 5,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/02/2016

Component(s): ENGINE | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. while driving 45 mph, the speed reduced inadvertently and a message that the speed reduced to 25 mph appeared. the check engine warning indicator illuminated. the contact stated that onstar sent an email advising that a critical engine and transmission repaired were needed. the dealer was unable to duplicate the issue. the issued recurred after leaving the dealer and the vehicle reduce speed and check engine indicators illuminated. the contact was unable to drive above 20 mph. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that they would need to contact the manufacturer. the manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. the vin was invalid. the failure mileage was 1,695.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/10/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. the contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that it was operating as designed to save fuel. the manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to nhtsa. the failure mileage was 175. the vin was not provided.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/12/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Almost impossible to remove fuses in dash. even with pullers need to remove fuse f-10 and f-41 in order to flat tow vehicle behind motorhome.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/24/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Windshield has thousands of tiny , white specs across entire field. these specs at first exam look like paint overspray. but closer exam with a flashlight at a low , skimming angle, revels imbedded particles. in late or early sunlight, this causes a foggy appearance to shaded areas, like trees or buildings. clarity is absolutely impeded. recently as i exited a freeway, driving westward into the 7 pm sun, i made a right turn onto my street and almost ran over the curb as the right side of the windshield became a haze totally blotting out clear vision of the corner. had there been a person or any object in that space it would have been hit. that was a panic feeling i did not need ! the gm dealer earlier that day could not see it well because the sunlight was still high in the sky thus not causing the effect . they tried to inspect it with a pocket flashlight, but not convinced si i have to return to them early in a morning or late in the day to get the same experience i have daily . my wife bears witness to this unsafe situation . item two: the rear view mirror is so small it is ridiculous. it is like peeping thru a crack in a fence ! and, adjusting it is a tight squeeze for my hand where the headliner comes too close to the mirror.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/06/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While starting off or trying to accelerate, the car has no power to pick up speed. i took the vehicle into the dealership for evaluation and they could not diagnose the issue. this issue happens from time to time on freeway or city driving. i have had to move to the shoulder to let cars pass by because my car would not pick up speed. this issue is still present today


Date Complaint Filed: 08/03/2016

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My drivers seat bottom has become "loose". my car has powered controls, and leather upholstery. i took my car to the dealer for repairs, they had the car for approx. 1.5 weeks, they say that they couldn't duplicate the issue. i told them that the roads in the city were straight, you wouldn't feel it there. that you needed to drive it on a windy country road. they didn't do so. they wouldn't even take the seat out and investigate it. i picked up my car and as soon as i got home to my area (country, with winding roads), the seat is doing it again. it is a very uncomfortable feeling.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/30/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I have audio (hearing) of five warming bells for last couple of weeks while traveling in vehicle. i finally observed in ceiling of vehicle air bag warning for passenger seat indicating 'on 2' i observe audio of five bells every now and then while on road. i then observe 'on 2' indicator goes into off mode automatically. i do not know exactly when airbag passenger system reverts to off mode. i will take vehicle into authorized chev service center sometime this week as i am in warranty. i am not aware of any recall notice and vehicle has been in chev service center for oil change, tire rotation and vehicle safety check list about 30 days prior. i would hope their computer system is up to date on recalls. also i am not aware if air bags are takema air bags?


Date Complaint Filed: 11/24/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 chevrolet malibu. while driving 70 mph, there was a beeping sound coming from inside the vehicle and then a red light appeared on the instrument panel. shortly after, the brakes involuntarily depressed, but then immediately engaged properly. the contact felt unsafe in the vehicle. the manufacturer was not notified. the failure mileage was 1,800.






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Has Anyone Experienced Trouble With The Steering Wheel Jerking At High Speeds During A Curve? 22-Jun-2017
Drove Through Water And Engine Shut Off Now Check Engine Light Is On After Restarting. 22-Jun-2017
Check Engine Light Keeps Coming On And Code Said It Is Emissions But No Solution 22-Jun-2017
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Engine Does Not Turn Off When Brake Is Stepped On And Engine Switch Is Pressed To Turn Off. 22-Jun-2017
I Have White Smoke Coming Out The Grill Of My Car When It Rains 22-Jun-2017
Sensor For Controlling Parking Brake And Cruise Control 22-Jun-2017
My Service Engine Light Is On. While Driving My Speed Was Slowed Down Automatically. I Owned A 2016 Malibu Premier. It Has 21000 Miles 22-Jun-2017
I Am Felling Heavy Back Pain While Driving (Only In Malibu) 22-Jun-2017
I Just Bought A 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Yesterday And The Transmission Went Out 13-May-2017
Dashboard Going In And Out 14-May-2017
Does All The 2016 Chevy Malibu Come Up With Rear Camera Backup Assistance 15-May-2017
Have Drivers Experienced Any Problems With The 1.5 L Engine With The Turbo 15-May-2017
2000 RPMS And About 60 MPH There Is A Deep Humming Sound Coming From The Drivetrain. 16-May-2017
Shift To Park Messages 16-May-2017
When I Have My Bluetooth Hooked Up,when Someone Calls My Phone The Whole A.c. Cut Down 16-May-2017
Loud Noise From Back When Going Trough Speed Bump 16-May-2017
I Have A Loud Roaring Noise From The Rear Of My Vehicle. Do You Have Any Idea What Is Causing It? 17-May-2017
Motor Problems 18-May-2017
Stop Start System 19-May-2017
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My Computer Screen Is Dim And Its Not Brighting Up On Start 20-May-2017
How Often Does This Car Break Down 21-May-2017
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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The fully redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu steps up its game to challenge the best midsize family sedans. Previously an also-ran, the Malibu is now fully competitive thanks to a larger backseat and a fuel-efficient turbocharged base engine. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu also has style on its side thanks to crisp new sheet metal.

Though the previous-generation Chevrolet Malibu was a likable enough sedan, we found it came up short in a few key areas. For 2016, though, Chevy has gone back to the drawing board, and the result is one of the biggest generation-to-generation improvements in recent memory.

The first thing you'll notice about the 2016 Chevy Malibu is the striking exterior styling. To some eyes, it even evokes the Audi A7 with its sleek, faux-hatchback profile. In any case, it's safe to say this is the first Malibu since the early 1970s that won't look out of place in the tony California seaside town for which it's named, particularly in Limited trim with the 19-inch wheels.

A wallflower no more, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has become a striking car by family sedan standards.

Chevy tinkered under the hood as well. There's a newly standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that replaces the previous non-turbo 2.5-liter base engine. It gives 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, remains optional. But it might be the new Malibu Hybrid that impresses the most. It produces excellent fuel economy and smooth, quiet and surprisingly rapid acceleration. The fact it otherwise drives like the other Malibus is icing on the cake.

Inside, the quality of the materials is unremarkable, but standard and optional equipment are competitive for the segment. The front seats offer plenty of adjustability, even for tall folks. And in back, the previous-generation Malibu's shortage of rear legroom has been corrected thanks to a wheelbase that's nearly 4 inches longer, finally putting the Malibu on par with its primary competitors.

So, is the Malibu the new family sedan favorite? We wouldn't go that far. The Honda Accord’s thorough refresh helps it maintain its status as a very compelling car, especially in its value-packed lower trim levels. The Hyundai Sonata is another excellent all-around choice for the money, while the Ford Fusion strikes emotional chords with its sharp styling and engaging driving dynamics. We also like to introduce shoppers to the underappreciated Mazda 6, which is a great choice for a car with a bit more style and athleticism. But if the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ends up feeling right to you, you'll certainly be driving one of the finer sedans in this class.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited Review

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The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited returns as a carryover of last year's Malibu. As such, the 2016 Malibu Limited shares that car's weaknesses, including an unusually tight backseat. But a smooth ride and excellent crash test scores still make the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited worthy of consideration.

If you're shopping for a midsize family car, you should know that the field of possibilities just got a little more crowded. That's because the folks at Chevrolet have decided to offer two different takes on their long-running Malibu sedan for the 2016 model year. The one getting all the headlines is the fully redesigned version, of course, which looks to challenge segment leaders head-on. But if value is more important to you than the latest innovations, there's also a carryover of the previous generation that's known as the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited.

The Malibu Limited loses some of last year's more appealing options, most notably the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. What's left is a pleasant enough family sedan with some real strengths, including a quiet interior, a comfortable ride and excellent crash test scores. There are also some downsides, however, including a lack of rear legroom by midsize-sedan standards. Moreover, EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are lower than the norm for this class.

The 2016 Malibu Limited faces a long list of distinguished rivals. Both the upgraded 2016 Honda Accord and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata deliver better fuel economy along with a much more spacious rear seat. The 2016 Ford Fusion is another strong choice by virtue of its good looks, responsive handling and long list of advanced features. The well-equipped and roomy 2016 Nissan Altima also merits consideration, while the recently revamped 2016 Toyota Camry is yet another entrant that deserves a look. You'll likely be able to get a pretty good deal on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited, but it may be worth paying a premium to get a little more.

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