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Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 Times

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

1LT15L Turbo I-4FWD6A8.0 sec16.4 sec @ 85 mph27/37/23 mpgCar and Driver
1LT1.5L Turbo I-4FWD6A8.5 sec16.5 sec @ 84.6 mph27/37/---- mpgMotor Trend
Hybrid1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.5-kWhFWDCVT7.4 sec15.7 sec @ 90 mph47/46/35 mpgCar and Driver
Hybrid1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.5-kWhFWDCVT7.4 sec15.8 sec @ 88.5 mph47/46/---- mpgMotor Trend
Premier2.0L Turbo I-4FWD8A6.1 sec14.7 sec @ 97 mph22/33/20 mpgCar and Driver
Premier2.0L Turbo I-4FWD8A6.2 sec14.7 sec @ 96.2 mph22/33/26 mpgMotor Trend

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2LTZ 2.0 Turbo2.0L Turbo I-4FWD6A6.3 sec 14.9 sec @ 94.3 mph21/30/---- mpgMotor Trend

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

1LT2.5L I-4FWD6A8.4 sec16.4 sec @ 86.7 mph 25/36/---- mpgMotor Trend
2LT 2.5L I-4FWD6A7.9 sec16.2 sec @ 88 mph25/36/20 mpgCar and Driver
2LTZ 2.0 Turbo2.0L Turbo I-4FWD6A6.2 sec14.8 sec @ 97 mph21/30/23 mpgCar and Driver

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

1LTZ2.5L I-4FWD6A7.7 sec16.1 sec @ 88 mph22/34/17 mpgCar and Driver
1LTZ2.5L I-4FWD6A8.4 sec16.5 sec @ 85.3 mph22/34/21.3 mpgMotor Trend
2LTZ 2.0 Turbo2.0L Turbo I-4FWD6A6.3 sec15.0 sec @ 95 mph21/30/23 mpgCar and Driver
2LTZ 2.0 Turbo2.0L Turbo I-4FWD6A6.8 sec15.4 sec @ 95 mph21/30/22.4 mpgMotor Week
Hybrid Eco Premium2.4L I-4 + Elec 15-kWFWD6A8.1 sec16.3 sec @ 86 mph25/37/26 mpgCar and Driver
Hybrid Eco Premium2.4L I-4 + Elec 15-kWFWD6A8.5 sec16.6 sec @ 83.8 mph 25/37/---- mpgMotor Trend
Hybrid Eco Premium2.4L I-4 + Elec 15-kWFWD6A8.4 sec16.6 sec @ 84 mph25/37/33.1 mpgMotor Week

2010 Chevrolet Malibu

2LT2.4L I-4FWD6A9.0 sec16.8 sec @ 84.1 mph 22/33/22.5 mpg Motor Trend

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Hybrid2.4L I-4 + Elec 10-kWFWD4A9.2 sec17.1 sec @ 84 mph26/34/29 mpgCar and Driver

2008 Chevrolet Malibu

1LT2.4L I-4FWD4A8.7 sec16.7 sec @ 83 mph22/30/24 mpgCar and Driver
1LT2.4L I-4FWD4A9.3 sec17.1 sec @ 82 mph22/30/22 mpgCar and Driver
2LT V63.6L V6FWD6A7.1 sec15.6 sec @ 95 mph17/26/20.9 mpgMotor Week
Hybrid2.4L I-4 + ElecFWD4A8.8 sec16.8 sec @ 84 mph24/32/25 mpgCar and Driver
LTZ2.4L I-4FWD6A8.6 sec16.7 sec @ 84 mph22/32/---- mpgCar and Driver
LTZ2.4L I-4FWD6A8.8 sec16.7 sec @ 84.3 mph 22/32/21.5 mpgMotor Trend
LTZ V63.6L V6FWD6A6.5 sec15.1 sec @ 94 mph17/26/21 mpgCar and Driver
LTZ V63.6L V6FWD6A6.5 sec15.1 sec @ 93.7 mph17/26/16.3 mpgMotor Trend

2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Maxx SS V63.9L V6FWD4A6.9 sec15.3 sec @ 91 mph16/24/18 mpgCar and Driver
SS V63.9L V6FWD4A7.0 sec15.3 sec @ 91 mph17/24/---- mpgMotor Trend

2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Maxx LT V63.5L V6FWD4A8.3 sec16.0 sec @ 85.7 mph20/28/23.1 mpgMotor Trend

2004 Chevrolet Malibu

LT V63.5L V6FWD4A7.9 sec16.1 sec @ 88 mph20/29/24 mpgCar and Driver
LT V63.5L V6FWD4A8.0 sec16.1 sec @ 89 mph20/29/24 mpgMotor Week
Maxx LT V63.5L V6FWD4A7.8 sec16.1 sec @ 86 mph19/28/24 mpgCar and Driver
Maxx LT V63.5L V6FWD4A8.1 sec16.3 sec @ 85 mph19/28/26 mpgMotor Week

1998 Chevrolet Malibu

Sport (Prototype)3.4L V6FWD5M5.9 sec14.6 sec @ 95.3 mph----/----/---- mpgMotor Trend

1997 Chevrolet Malibu

LS V63.1L V6FWD4A8.2 sec16.2 sec @ 85 mph18/26/21.9 mpgMotor Trend
LS V63.1L V6FWD4A9.0 sec16.6 sec @ 83.7 mph18/26/---- mpgMotor Trend
LS V63.1L V6FWD4A8.3 sec16.4 sec @ 84 mph18/26/---- mpgMotor Week

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

Chevrolet Malibu 0-60The 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.

Conclusion

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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1 Comment

  1. So I was looking for the 0-60 times and thats how i get to this page. In comparing the cars in this segment the only quicker car is the nissan altima with the v-6 power plant. These reviews sound like a cliff note of the car and driver review and thats seems to be the case across the net. My father-in law has the turbo fusion 2014, the malibu 2.0 turbo while lacking the steering feel of the fusion, will stomp all over the for on the interstate , up top down low any part of the power band in any situation like merging the Bu wipes the ford down. I drove an 2015 ATS with the 2.0 T mill, and it handled very well and was rapid, minus the handeling the rwd ATS has, I feel like this MILL in fwd spec shows its teeth much quicker maybe less rotaing mass just a feeling. If your a chevy person or your tired of your overweight aunt telling you ‘ oh get a honda, there the best, i still love my 1992 accord its so reliable , ugh get honda’ yeah well 259 hp. @295 lbs is stout. Personally i dont own racing shoes nor do i have leather driving gloves,my car hauls the mail down U.S. Interstate, and really if you own a fusion and brag about the feel it has in time trials geaux you, note: no,one drives their mid sized family hauler on a track stop making that the watermark for reviews, auto journalist get a life.

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