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The midsize Chevrolet Malibu sedan is a constantly evolving classic, blending contemporary styling, civilized road manners, quality construction and a comfortable interior.

The Malibu is offered in five trim levels - L, LS, LT w/1LT, LT w/2LT and Premier. Power is supplied by either a new 160-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ecotec engine with auto stop/start technology, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, paired with a new eight-speed automatic. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: 19-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated/ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. Every Malibu (except L) stays connected with a new Chevrolet MyLink radio, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth streaming audio, 4G and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and smartphone integration; wireless device charging is also available. Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability/traction control systems and OnStar, as well as ten airbags; other available technologies include a rearview camera, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Side Blind Zone Alert. For 2016, an all-new Teen Driver feature is available, allowing parental monitoring of driving habits.

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu is reengineered from the ground up for 2016, with bold new styling, greater fuel efficiency, heightened equipment levels and more advanced safety features.

Introduction

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ranks among the best of the midsize sedans.It was a finalist for the 2016 North American Car of the Year award, and compares well against Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima and Maxima.The Malibu's refinement, comfort, easy-to-use controls, driving pleasure, and fuel-efficiency add up to a great sedan.

With its new design and entirely new structure, the 2016 Malibu has moved closer to the larger Chevrolet Impala in shape as well as dimensions.Following the trend toward lightness and efficiency, weight has been cut by nearly 300 pounds over the previous-generation Malibu.No V6 option is offered for this generation, and no engine is bigger than 2.0 liters.

Most 2016 Malibu models come with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.Developing 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the new engine feels smoother and stronger than the old 2.5-liter it replaces.Quiet-running and neatly composed, the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Malibu 2LT and Malibu Premier get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder.Generating 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet, it drives an 8-speed automatic, which promises more precise, well-defined gearchanges.The 2.0-liter models feel as swift as some V6 forerunners, and rank among the most refined cars of their class.

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid couples a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine with twin electric motors and a 1.5-kWh battery pack for combined output of 182 horsepower.Chevrolet claims 0-60 mph acceleration in 8.2 seconds.The Hybrid can function at times in full-electric mode, up to 55 mph, and is EPA-rated at 48 mpg in combined driving.We've found the Malibu hybrid powertrain to be a smooth operator.

Inside, the 2016 Malibu seems significantly more spacious than before, though dimensions haven't changed much.The dashboard is lower than previously.New seats provide better support, besting some rivals in comfort.Noise has been suppressed by rerouting air intakes and adding active noise cancellation.Few engine sounds are heard.

MyLink connectivity comes on most models with a big, crisp touchscreen.OnStar 4G LTE, for establishing a wireless hub, is available.

All except the 2016 Malibu L come with a rearview camera.Active-safety features are offered, including new Front Pedestrian Alert; but some are available only for Malibu LT and Malibu Premier models.With the new Teen Driver system, parents can specify a maximum speed, and the vehicle tracks infractions.Malibu comes with 10 airbags.

Lineup

The 2016 Malibu L ($ 21,625) comes with the 1.5-liter engine, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, keyless start, a split-folding rear seat, and 16-inch steel wheels.Malibu LS ($23,120) adds a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and MyLink seven-inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth streaming audio.(All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Malibu LT ($25,020) includes OnStar with 4G LTE, ambient lighting, LED daytime running lights, power driver's seat, and 17-inch wheels.The 2.0-liter engine and 8-speed automatic go into Malibu LT2 ($28,620) models.

Premier ($30,920) gets the 2.0-liter engine and upgrades to leather upholstery, an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, wireless charging, remote start, USB ports, driver's memory, heated/ventilated power front seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 19-inch wheels.

Malibu Hybrid is positioned below the Premier in terms of equipment.

Walkaround

The 2016 Malibu is a handsome, smartly balanced design.Malibu shuns the tall, awkward look of its 2013-15 predecessor, lowering the nose and extending the doors while adding 2.3 inches to overall length and 3.6 inches to wheelbase.Despite that dimensional increase, Malibu remains at the smaller end of the size spectrum in its class.

Sculpted body panels meet in a gentle intersection, and proportions have been stretched out.Usage of more high-strength steel permits slimmer roof pillars, which improve forward vision.Headlights and air intakes sit atop an enlarged, lower-set twin grille.

The entire body structure is totally new.

Interior

Relatively understated, the 2016 Malibu cabin looks elegant, even charming.The prior upright, two-tiered dashboard is gone, replaced by a conventional design.Buttons are used for some control functions, and the center stack holds bigger MyLink infotainment screens, with storage space.Soft-touch surfaces are abundant.

Serene and spacious, this Malibu is more passenger-friendly than the previous model.Headroom is a bit restricted by the swooping roofline, but still among the best in its class though tall riders might not like the carved-out portions of the headliner.Seats feel sturdy, with ample bolstering as well as sufficient support for long treks.

Rear legroom feels much greater than before.

Wind and road sounds are mostly isolated from occupants, though you're likely to notice certain impacts and rough pavement patches.

Trunk space measures 15.8 cubic feet; Malibu Hybrid offers 11.6 cubic feet.

Driving Impression

On the road, the new Malibu feels confident and nimble.The suspension tuning offers a nice balance, firm enough for composure and responsive handling, yet with sufficient compliance for ride comfort.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is quiet and nicely composed.Only when traversing long upgrades, and in passing situations, does it feel like a taxed base engine.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers plenty of torque at lower engine speeds.Refinement and smooth behavior rank near the head of the midsize pack.In fact, the 2-liter Malibu beats the Ford Fusion EcoBoost for friskiness and easygoing drivability.Transmission gearchanges are sharp, but paddle shifters for manual control aren't included (like anyone actually uses them).

Steering response is a strong point.Even the least-costly Malibu gets excellent electric power steering, which feels natural and precise.Malibu is among the lightest sedans in its category, and often feels more like a compact.

Although the new Malibu Hybrid shares technology with the Chevrolet Volt, there's no EV button for battery-only driving.Steering feels no different from a gas-engine Malibu, and 0-60 mph acceleration takes 7.8 seconds, a respectable performance.

Fuel-efficiency is a high point for Malibu: The 1.5-liter engine is EPA-rated at 27/37 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined.Less thrifty, the 2-liter four-cylinder is EPA-rated at 22/33 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined.Malibus with the 1.5-liter engine include stop-start technology, which will halt the engine at stoplights as a fuel-saving measure.

Summary

Frugal powertrains and up-to-date connectivity technology meet a beautifully balanced new look, making Malibu one of the best values in the midsize-sedan class.In any form, the 2016 version is a different sort of Malibu.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimColoured
Dash trimCloth
Door trimColoured
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini
Power steeringElectric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).29 cD
Front Head Room993 mm
Front Hip Room1,374 mm
Front Leg Room1,067 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,486 mm
Front track1,590 mm
Overall height1,463 mm
Overall Length4,923 mm
Overall Width1,854 mm
Rear Head Room953 mm
Rear Hip Room1,356 mm
Rear Leg Room968 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,450 mm
Rear track1,588 mm
Wheelbase2,830 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.23
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Compressor TypeTurbo
Cylinders4
Displacement91 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power160 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,700 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,500 RPM
Size1.5 L
Torque250 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Fuel Consumption
City8.7 L/100 km
Combined7.6L/100 km
Highway6.3 L/100 km
Header
CompressorTurbo
Compressor Type - VATurbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger Seat
Height adjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
Satellite communicationsIntegrated
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile65
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place447 L
Curb weight1,400 kg
EPA interior volume2,914 L
Fuel Capacity49 L
Max cargo capacity447 L
Towing Capacity454 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

2016 Chevrolet Malibu L 4dr Sedan, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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