byThe 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is a much-needed reset of the Bowtie brand’s midsize sedan offering. We already knew that Chevrolet wanted to come out guns ‘a blazing with the 2016 Malibu, and the pricing strategy reflects that ideal, as the 2016 Malibu will start at $22,500 for the base L trim. That base price undercuts key rivals such as the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
For the money, the standard equipment found on the base Malibu L includes the new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with stop/start technology, ten airbags, cruise control and push-button start with passive entry.
Climbing into the LS trim makes the case to drop the extra $1,495. Starting at $23,995, the 2016 Malibu LS adds a standard seven-inch MyLink infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and a rear-view camera.
Moving right along to the LT trim, buyers will get daytime running lights and a choice of either the base 1.5-liter turbo four for $25,895, or the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which will bump the price up accordingly to $29,495. The 2.0-liter turbo is also paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As you may have already heard, LTZ is out, and Premier is in for the top-of-line Malibu. The Premier trim will be sold exclusively with the 2.0-liter turbo, and at a starting price of $31,795. Of course, a host of new technology can be found on the range-topping trim level, with some being firsts for Malibu, including Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Low Speed Front Automatic Braking and the brand’s new Teen Driver System.
GM still estimates the base 1.5-liter turbo to return a respectable 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the more potent 2.0-liter turbo knocks GM estimated mpg ratings down to 22 city and 32 highway.
Chevrolet says that it will price the 2016 Malibu Hybrid at a later date, most likely once its unsurpassed 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway estimations are verified by the EPA.
The 2016 Malibu delivers an all-new vehicle that boldly steps in the future with improvements in comfort, fuel economy, connectivity, safety, and overall refinement, while also decreasing weight by 300 pounds thanks to GM’s new E2XX platform.