It appears that Chevrolet experiences difficulty keeping up goodness in its Malibu. The colossally well known, import battling 5th era show that appeared for 1997 was trailed by a boxier, particularly rental-auto like trade for 2004. That failure was supplanted by the great 7th era Malibu for 2008, an attractive vehicle that was supplanted by; you got it, yet another not exactly stellar Malibu for 2013. At long last, harmony has been accomplished in Malibu, for the just presented Chevrolet Malibu 2016 model at the end of the day conveys attractive quality to the Malibu nameplate.
We tried a top specification Malibu with the biggest accessible motor, a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4, and were agreeably awed by its fit and complete, unpretentious style, light check weight, and all around coordinated in auto innovation. We’ve additionally inspected the 2016 Malibu furnished with the passage level 1.5 liter turbo four, and it might stun you that were we to purchase a ‘Bu with our own money, we wouldn’t as a matter of course spring for the greater turbo. Chevrolet Malibu 1LT.
There are 5 Malibu trim levels offered, extending from the base L to LS, 1LT, 2LT, and range-topping Premier. The Malibu L, LS, and 1LT are persuaded by General Motors’ all-new 160 horsepower 1.5 liter turbocharged four chamber motor mated to a six-pace programmed transmission, while the 2LT and Premier are furnished with an all the more capable 2.0 liter turbo four that is lashed to an eight-machine gear piece programmed.
Normally, we are attracted to the 2.0L turbo’s 250 torque, however there’s a catch: The 2LT and Premium come standard with 18 and 19 inch wheels that miracle the suspension over especially brutal asphalt. Here in Michigan, our asphalt isn’t such a great amount of unforgiving as it is out and out mean, so we’re willing to skirt the 2.0L turbo’s energy for the better ride quality managed by the 16 and 17 inch wheels on the lower trim levels.
Cheerfully, Chevrolet’s choice structure for the Malibu permits the 1.6-liter 1LT to accomplish almost the same luxury as the 2LT and Premier models. For our fanciful Malibu fabricate, then, that is the place we began, for $25,895.
The 1LT replaces the 16-inch wheels in the LS with 17 inch aluminum wheels, and includes warmed entryway mirrors with turn signal markers, Sirius XM satellite radio, a 8 way power driver’s seat with force lumbar change, auto up/down for the driver’s window, back seat HVAC vents, inside encompassing lighting, and LED running lights.
Standard components imparted to lesser Malibus incorporate the 7-inch MyLink touch-screen infotainment screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay telephone reflecting capacity, OnStar with 4G LTE information association and constructed in WiFi hotspot, programmed headlights, and acoustic overlaid windshield and front entry way glass.
Its elements rundown is not terrible for a fair size auto without alternatives. Obviously we would include a couple of decision upgrades. Chevrolet Malibu 2016 looks relentless tasteful in dark paint, so we included that immediately. In light of Chevrolet’s configurator, it’s the best way to open the grand showing up “Dull Atmosphere/Loft Brown” calfskin inside choice.
Other inside shading decisions incorporate an absolutely geriatric silver/dark blend or Jet dark. Notwithstanding the picked shading plan, deciding on cowhide requires the $2140 Leather bundle, which first requires purchasing the Convenience and Technology bundle and slathers on treats, for example, warmed front seats, a 6 way control traveler seat, and a 9 speaker Bose sound framework.
The 2LT likewise has bigger and harsher riding 18 inch haggles offer cowhide seats. Since we can maintain a strategic distance from mishaps fine and dandy without electronic guides, we exited the Driver Confidence bundle off of our Malibu.
We would spring for the 2LT on the off chance that we lived somewhere with better streets, however confronted with our disheartening Michigan reality, the smoother riding 1LT and its 160-hp motor suit us fine and dandy.
The littler motor clears itself well out and about, and it brandishes an auto stop-begin highlight that is superior to anything most, vaguely murdering the motor at stoplights and restarting it almost as consistently when the driver moves his or her foot off the brake.
New Chevrolet Malibu 2016 won’t not be as sharp an instrument as the Honda Accord or the sportier Mazda 6 and Ferrari F12 TDF 2016, however it mixes reasonableness, style, and regular driving fulfillment together superior to anything most others moderate size cars. We think the 1LT is a fine indicate place on that honor.