|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
|LT Redline Edition||1.5L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.2 sec||16.4 sec @ 85 mph||27/36/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
2017 Chevrolet Malibu
|2.0T Premier||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||9A||5.7 sec||14.3 sec @ 99.4 mph||22/33/27.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
|1LT||15L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.0 sec||16.4 sec @ 85 mph||27/37/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|1LT||1.5L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.5 sec||16.5 sec @ 84.6 mph||27/37/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|2.0T Premier||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||8A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 97 mph||22/33/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2.0T Premier||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||8A||6.2 sec||14.7 sec @ 96.2 mph||22/33/26 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Hybrid||1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.5-kWh||FWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.7 sec @ 90 mph||47/46/35 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hybrid||1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.5-kWh||FWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.8 sec @ 88.5 mph||47/46/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2015 Chevrolet Malibu
|2LTZ 2.0 Turbo||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 94.3 mph||21/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2014 Chevrolet Malibu
|1LT||2.5L I-4||FWD||6A||8.4 sec||16.4 sec @ 86.7 mph||25/36/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|2LT||2.5L I-4||FWD||6A||7.9 sec||16.2 sec @ 88 mph||25/36/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2LTZ 2.0 Turbo||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.2 sec||14.8 sec @ 97 mph||21/30/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
2013 Chevrolet Malibu
|1LTZ||2.5L I-4||FWD||6A||7.7 sec||16.1 sec @ 88 mph||22/34/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|1LTZ||2.5L I-4||FWD||6A||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 85.3 mph||22/34/21.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|2LTZ 2.0 Turbo||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.3 sec||15.0 sec @ 95 mph||21/30/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2LTZ 2.0 Turbo||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.8 sec||15.4 sec @ 95 mph||21/30/22.4 mpg||Motor Week|
|Hybrid Eco Premium||2.4L I-4 + Elec 15-kW||FWD||6A||8.1 sec||16.3 sec @ 86 mph||25/37/26 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hybrid Eco Premium||2.4L I-4 + Elec 15-kW||FWD||6A||8.5 sec||16.6 sec @ 83.8 mph||25/37/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Hybrid Eco Premium||2.4L I-4 + Elec 15-kW||FWD||6A||8.4 sec||16.6 sec @ 84 mph||25/37/33.1 mpg||Motor Week|
2010 Chevrolet Malibu
|2LT||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||9.0 sec||16.8 sec @ 84.1 mph||22/33/22.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
2009 Chevrolet Malibu
|Hybrid||2.4L I-4 + Elec 10-kW||FWD||4A||9.2 sec||17.1 sec @ 84 mph||26/34/29 mpg||Car and Driver|
2008 Chevrolet Malibu
|1LT||2.4L I-4||FWD||4A||8.7 sec||16.7 sec @ 83 mph||22/30/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|1LT||2.4L I-4||FWD||4A||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 82 mph||22/30/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2LT V6||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||7.1 sec||15.6 sec @ 95 mph||17/26/20.9 mpg||Motor Week|
|Hybrid||2.4L I-4 + Elec||FWD||4A||8.8 sec||16.8 sec @ 84 mph||24/32/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LTZ||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||8.6 sec||16.7 sec @ 84 mph||22/32/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|LTZ||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||8.8 sec||16.7 sec @ 84.3 mph||22/32/21.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
|LTZ V6||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 94 mph||17/26/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LTZ V6||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||6.4 sec||15.0 sec @ 93.8 mph||17/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|LTZ V6||3.6L V6||FWD||6A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 93.7 mph||17/26/16.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
2006 Chevrolet Malibu
|Maxx SS V6||3.9L V6||FWD||4A||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 91 mph||16/24/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SS V6||3.9L V6||FWD||4A||7.0 sec||15.3 sec @ 91 mph||17/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2005 Chevrolet Malibu
|Maxx LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||8.3 sec||16.0 sec @ 85.7 mph||20/28/23.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2004 Chevrolet Malibu
|LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||7.9 sec||16.1 sec @ 88 mph||20/29/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||7.8 sec||15.64 sec @ 89.11 mph||20/29/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||8.0 sec||16.1 sec @ 89 mph||20/29/24 mpg||Motor Week|
|Maxx LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 86 mph||19/28/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Maxx LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||8.3 sec||16.02 sec @ 86 mph||19/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Maxx LT V6||3.5L V6||FWD||4A||8.1 sec||16.3 sec @ 85 mph||19/28/26 mpg||Motor Week|
1998 Chevrolet Malibu
|Sport (Prototype)||3.4L V6||FWD||5M||5.9 sec||14.6 sec @ 95.3 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1997 Chevrolet Malibu
|LS V6||3.1L V6||FWD||4A||8.2 sec||16.2 sec @ 85 mph||18/26/21.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
|LS V6||3.1L V6||FWD||4A||9.0 sec||16.6 sec @ 83.7 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|LS V6||3.1L V6||FWD||4A||8.3 sec||16.4 sec @ 84 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Week|
1978 Chevrolet Malibu
|Classic Landau Coupe||5.0L V8||RWD||4M||10.8 sec||18.4 sec @ 76.2 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
About Chevrolet Malibu
Named after the fabulous Malibu, you’d think that this midsize sedan may have some hidden delights that can make your eyes gleam with excitement. But that’s not to be. The Malibu remains a mild-mannered Clark Kent, and Superman is nowhere in sight. While it does have some power in the engine and some upscale goals, in the end what we have here is something you can depend on. The 2015 model seems like it’s nice enough—which is a bit like damning with faint praise. And that’s probably why a lot of the buzz about the Malibu centers on the incoming 2016 model, which is slated for late 2015.
Not that the 2015 model with its front-wheel drive is a bad ride. Far from it. On paper, a lot of the features make it a very sensible choice. It’s just that from an emotional perspective, it may be a bit too unassuming for some. It’s what a family may want, and that’s about it.
Chevy Malibu Trims
The Malibu comes in several configurations, with the 1LS trim coming in at a very affordable price of $22,465. At the other end is the 2LTZ trim with an MSRP of $30,480. For the 2015 lineup, the Eco module has been discontinued.
The standard 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine comes with Direct Injection and Intake Valve Lift Control along with 196 horses. For those looking for a bit more power, there’s also the 2.0L turbo engine which churns out 259 horses, along with a rather impressive 295 pound-feet of torque.
The fuel efficiency is not so bad either, especially for a midsize sedan. The standard engine offers 36 miles to the gallon on the highway (25 mpg in the city), and the turbo version doesn’t really guzzle gas either, as it still offers 30 mpg on the highway.
Driving the Malibu
This is the aspect of the Malibu which seems to draw the most criticism. On the face of it, there’s nothing really wrong here. The Malibu structure is good, and the safety features are reliable. You have 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability, and traction control. Ten airbags are standard as well, including knee airbags for the people in the front seats.
The Side Blind Zone Alert tells you when a car behind you enters your blind spot. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert tells you about crossing traffic when you’re in reverse. Additional safety options include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.
The structural integrity of the car is topnotch, and rollover protection is part of the deal.
All these safety features help prevent accidents on the road, which is the sort of excitement people obviously want to avoid. As a bonus, for the first six months you can make use of the OnStar Automatic Crash Response built in sensors, which can send a message to an OnStar advisor if you’re in trouble. The advisor can then send help to wherever you are through GPS.
But the problem with the Malibu is that it doesn’t offer any kind of excitement at all. Sure, there is Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 6-speaker audio system, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. But that’s not enough to compensate, even if you get the MyLink touch-screen infotainment system with the smartphone integration.
The steering is simply numb, and it seems to offer no driver feedback at all. The handling is strictly ho-hum, which is in stark contrast to the dynamic handling seen in its competitors. Even the brake pedal would be improved by a firmer feel.
So what we have here with the Chevrolet Malibu is a mild-mannered gentleman who can make sure that the family gets to point A to point B efficiently. It is without a doubt a solid choice, like a good man who works 9 to 5 in an office. It’s a guy women will eventually marry, but hardly someone who can set hearts palpitating.
The Malibu is the car you want when you want a car you can depend on, but it’s not really something you would call exciting in anyway. It looks ok and it drives ok. It’s an ok car.
It’s super-practical, and that’s a point in its favor. Just don’t be taken in by the ads that say it’s “a driving experience to remember”. Nothing could be further from the real truth. It’s a competent ride, and the composed ride should soothe your nerves. Fun and excitement, however, are entirely out of the question.
So this is the question: what are you looking for in a car? If it’s something reliable, then the Malibu gets top scores, as you won’t have to go for repairs as often. The price is nice, and the mileage is ok. For families, it’s actually an ideal choice, although even the kids may wish for a more exciting look.
For more information about Chevrolet Malibu, visit the official Chevrolet website.
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