The first three highlights mentioned of the redesign mentioned are its great looks, larger size, and lighter weight over the previous generation Malibu, featured in the video’s opening cut. We’re all for efficiency and functionality, but when’s the last time a Malibu has looked this good?
The build quality has greatly improved, especially the interior. While Chevrolet used to get heavily criticized for the ‘cheap plastic-y feel’ of its interior, Davis says that without the badging one would have a tough time identifying the make of this car from the inside. It’s more than just new looks, though, the 2016 Malibu offers new technology including MyLink, Apple CarPlay, and OnStar 4G LTE.
Out of the three engine options for the Malibu – the 160 hp 1.5 liter turbo, the 182 hp 1.8 liter hybrid, and 250 hp 2.0 liter turbo – Motor Week spent of its most time with a Malibu powered by the range-topping engine. They feel that the 2016 Malibu offers plenty of power with a responsive throttle, and features one of the smoothest shifting eight-speed automatics they’ve driven yet.
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