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.
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).
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.
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.
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.