What Is It?
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
What's New About This Model?
The completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize four-door sedan features sleeker styling, more interior room, new powertrains, less weight and improved safety features.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The updated 2016 Malibu will begin arriving at dealers in the fourth quarter of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not yet been announced. The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu LS sedan starts at $23,290. We expect the new Malibu will come in at a price level in line with the current model.
What Are the Biggest Changes?
The Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year. It's 2.3 inches longer overall, with 3.6 inches added to the wheelbase, yet it weighs almost 300 pounds less than its predecessor.
The interior features additional front-seat hiproom and rear-seat legroom along with the latest Chevrolet MyLink system with a 7-inch color touchscreen display on LS, LT and Hybrid models. The Premier trim level is available with an 8-inch display. All models come standard with OnStar 4G LTE with a WiFi hotspot.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be offered as a sedan only in four levels of trim: L, LS, LT and Premium. A Hybrid model will be part of the lineup as well.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine — 160 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
- 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine — 259 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque, matched with an all-new eight-speed transmission.
- Hybrid system with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a two-motor electric drive powered by an 80-cell, 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
EPA fuel economy figures are not available yet, but GM estimates that the 2016 Malibu with the standard 1.5-liter engine will deliver 27 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway. With the 2.0-liter engine, GM estimates the Malibu will return 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The hybrid model is estimated at "north of 45 mpg" in combined fuel economy.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes standard with 10 airbags. LS, LT, Premier and Hybrid models have standard rearview cameras. Optional safety features include Front Pedestrian Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Parking Assist and adaptive cruise control.
New for 2016 is Teen Driver, a system that, when engaged with a PIN code, syncs to specific keys used by young drivers, allowing parents to limit certain vehicle functions, including speed and radio volume. It automatically mutes the radio if all seatbelts are not fastened. Teen Driver also provides parents with a record of maximum speed reached, distance driven and the number of times active safety features are called into play.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Fusion: With solid power, excellent fuel economy, distinctive styling and a huge array of tech features, the Ford Fusion is a great choice for a midsize sedan.
Honda Accord: The Accord earns top honors in the midsize sedan class with its well-rounded mix of excellent packaging, superb fuel economy and rewarding performance.
Toyota Camry: With its improvements to cabin quality and handling, the Camry is a more compelling and competitive midsize sedan that still boasts generous interior space and a solid reputation for reliability.
Should You Wait for It?
Competition in the midsize sedan segment is fierce, with many choices and available features at a variety of price points, so if you need a new vehicle now, it's likely that you can find something that meets your needs. But if you're committed to a Malibu, it's definitely worth waiting until fall 2015 to get the updated 2016 model.