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For 2016, Chevrolet returned to the drawing board and emerged with the ninth-generation Malibu, a comprehensive redesign that addressed many of the earlier car’s flaws. Starting with a fresh, striking look accented by large wheels and a coupe-like profile, then moving under the hood with a choice of three engines, and finally into the cabin with more rear seat room, the Malibu was transformed.
A new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine came standard, exchanging some horsepower for more low-end punch and better fuel economy. An optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder returned, but the new Malibu Hybrid was the surprise hit, offering excellent fuel economy and swift, smooth acceleration.
Chevy increased the distance between the front and rear wheels, resulting in more rear legroom and livelier handling, while the infotainment included seven- or eight-inch touchscreens and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Driver aids common today (automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring) weren’t standard, but were available. The Malibu’s redesign didn’t elevate it to class leader, but did make it one of the finer midsize sedans available.
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Driving: The 2016 Malibu has an engine for everyone. The standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder makes just 160 horsepower, but it returns an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined and its turbocharged torque makes highway passing or climbing grades effortless.
Interior: Changes inside the 2016 Malibu aren’t quite as dramatic as outside, but the cabin imparts a feeling of upscale quality. The dash has a more flowing design, with sleeker gauges and controls with a bit more flair. On upper trim levels, the eight-inch color touchscreen resembles an iPad set into a dedicated slot and will feel familiar to anyone who’s used a tablet. In back, the Malibu gains nearly two inches of legroom, addressing one of the chief complaints of the old car and finally putting it on par with rivals like the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion.
Comfort: The older Malibu was lauded for its quiet cabin and this redesigned Malibu is no different. Generous sound insulation makes for a hushed and quiet cabin, while the longer wheelbase contributes to a smooth and composed ride that soaks up rough and undulating roads. Front seats are firm, spacious and supportive, and the rear seat can finally comfortably accommodate tall adults.
Storage: What was once the Malibu’s strength becomes something of a weakness. The Malibu’s 15.8 cu ft trunk space comes up just average among midsize sedans. It’s large enough for golf bags and some luggage, but falls short of the larger trunks in the contemporary Hyundai Sonata or Ford Fusion. The hybrid’s trunk is even smaller, but comparable to other midsize hybrids. Even interior storage is scant and generally too small for devices, smartphones and large drink bottles.
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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.View RepairPal's full rating of the Chevrolet Malibu