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2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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Chevrolet Malibu highlights

Customer reviews

4.3 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Well-appointed, upscale interior
  • Comfortable ride and quiet cabin
  • Strong turbocharged engine

Cons

  • Less rear legroom than competitors
  • Touchscreen interface can be slow to respond

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 36 highway, 29 combined

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu stays classy and connected

Two years after a significant redesign, the Chevrolet Malibu carried into 2015 with no significant changes. It added a Wi-Fi connection hub and subscription-based 4G LTE data plan, but otherwise maintained its place as an American-made midsize family sedan slightly lost in the shuffle of higher-profile rivals. Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.

However, you don’t buy the Malibu for flash, but for its strengths, like the classy and tasteful interior design, quiet cabin, and large trunk. It also offers a choice of fuel-efficient four-cylinder or more powerful turbocharged engine if you prefer maximum performance. The Malibu’s tech — the touchscreen, specifically — is also fussier than what you’ll find elsewhere. These attributes don’t vault the Malibu to the head of the class, especially since most rivals offer a larger rear seat and some offer more zest from behind the wheel, but the Malibu still hits the basics at a price that undercuts contemporary rivals from Honda, Toyota and Nissan.

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New for 2015

  • The ECO trim has been discontinued for 2015.
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Flex Fuel Vehicle features are now available as options on select trims.

Explore Chevrolet Malibu details

LT 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine

Optional Features

  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Pioneer Sound System
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive type

2WD

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

259

Torque (ft-lbs)

295

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

18.5

Wheelbase

107.8"

Overall length

191.5"

Width

73"

Height

57.6"

Leg room

F 42.1"/R 36.8"

Head room

F 39"/R 37.5"

Front tires

P235/50R18

Rear tires

P235/50R18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

5 reasons to buy the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

What We Like

Driving: The 2015 Malibu offers a choice of fuel-efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder or hopped-up turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both are satisfying in their own right. The 2.5-liter features a start-stop system and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined fuel economy — not class-leading, but respectable enough for commuting or family shuttling.

The turbo engine generates 259 horsepower and a robust 295 pound-feet of torque, enough to make it a performance pick that flies well under the radar.

Interior: The 2015 Malibu’s upscale interior is punctuated by tasteful design, quality materials and controls, and ample sound insulation. It gives the Malibu a feeling of solidity that’s absent in some of its competitors. The center stack and infotainment interface seem overloaded with buttons, but it’s easy enough to navigate the functions after a short time behind the wheel. Chevy added in-car Wi-Fi and a subscription data plan to the 2015 Malibu, although modern smartphone connections and tethering options make it more of a novelty today.

Storage: At 16.3 cubic feet, the 2015 Malibu offers huge trunk space. It was class-leading at the time. Only the Hyundai Sonata matched it, and the Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat were close. The Malibu's trunk is still sizable among today's sedans, about as large as full-sizers like the Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger, making it an ideal alternative to an SUV for those warehouse bulk-shopping trips.

What Needs Improvement

Rear Seat Room: The Malibu’s large trunk eats into the rear seat room, making it tighter than its rivals. Rear legroom is typically two to three inches shorter than most competitors from the time, meaning tall rear-seat passengers are at the mercy of front seat passengers to slide forward and make room. The 2015 Malibu retains the thinner front seatbacks introduced in 2014, which help make a bit more knee room, but the Malibu back seat is a tight squeeze all around, especially for rear-facing car seats. Surprisingly, the Malibu is actually just slightly roomier than the Sonata in back, one of the few competitors where it holds an edge.

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

RepairPal reliability rating

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RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Malibu an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Chevrolet Malibu 13th out of 30 among Midsize Cars.

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