2016 Chevrolet Malibu Buyer's Guide

 Every year, competition in the mid-size sedan class heats up more and more. The year 2016 was no different, except that this year marks the release of the safest, most advanced Chevrolet Malibu ever. There have been a number of design refreshes to all cars in the sedan class, but none as dramatic as the all-new 2016 Chevy Malibu. Totally redesigned for 2016, the Malibu far surpasses its predecessors in virtually every way. Coming in with an entirely fresh face, the 2016 Malibu benefits from a ton of new features and materials, making it a top-tier competitor in the mid-size sedan market. 

The totally new Malibu easily goes toe-to-toe with entrenched competitors like the Chrysler 200, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord. In many ways, the Malibu offers significantly greater value than the alternatives. Let's first take a look at some of the changes Chevrolet made for the newest Malibu before seeing how it stacks up against the competition.

2015 vs. 2016: The Chevy Malibu

At first glance, the new Malibu is only vaguely reminiscent of previous model years; a considerable facelift separates it from the 2015 model. The newer model totes a sleeker, more aggressive body style that gives it a distinct look while providing more cabin space than its closest competitors-Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Chrysler 200. The 2016 model is longer and strikingly more modern than previous years through the addition of sweeping halogen headlamps, progressive grille design, and body side crease. 

The car may be bigger, but through the clever application of lightweight, high-strength steel, the Malibu managed to shed 300 pounds while maintaining the title of the safest Chevrolet Malibu ever made. 

The 2016 Chevy Malibu Gives Car Safety a New Meaning

The 2016 model includes a number of new safety features, like the first application of Chevrolet's Teen Driver Technology. Thenew Teen Driver Technology gives parents more control over their teenagers driving habits than ever before. Similar to Ford's MyKey system, the Teen Driver Technology program allows parents to program speed warnings that flash when their child exceeds the speed limit. Parents can also set sound-system volume limits, and pull customizable reports that include information like distance drive, top speed achieved, preset-speed warnings exceeded, stability-control events, anti-lock brake events, and forward-collision alerts or auto-braking events.

9 New Safety Features The Malibu Has that the Competition Doesn't

Separating itself from competitors like the Camry, Fusion, 200, or Accord, the Malibu enjoyed nine new safety features and a new steel-reinforced body structure that makes it a class leader for safety.

Available tech options include a front pedestrian alert system, lane keep assist with lane departure warning system, forward collision alerts with following distance indicators, automatic parking assist, and rear cross traffic alert. The Malibu comes with access to the OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, with OnStar Automatic Crash Response and remote services that include stolen vehicle assistance and roadside assistance should you find yourself stranded. 

Oh, and don't forget that the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a JD Power award as the Most Dependable Midsize Car-two years in a row!

Leader in Technology


With a 7-inch color touchscreen standard on all models, wireless phone charging on select models, dual rear-seat USB ports, and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, the Malibu is more equipped and connected than ever. The Malibu is the only sedan to offer a personal 4G LTE WiFi hotspot standard on all 2016 models, with support for up to seven devices. With the 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar can provide information like turn-by-turn directions and advanced diagnostics that offer advanced notice for maintenance necessities. While several competitor vehicles offer emergency response services, only the Chevrolet Malibu offers the most trusted name in emergency roadside services-OnStar.

Easily Connect Your Phone and Music to Your Car

The 2016 Malibu and Toyota Camry are the only two vehicles in this segment that come with options for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For buyers who aren't interested in CarPlay, they can still take advantage of the incredibly intuitive Chevy MyLink Infotainment System. 

Standard with the Malibu is a premium six-speaker system, power outlets, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, and Chevy's passive entry system, which includes remote keyless entry and push-button start. For those considering a Camry, Accord, Fusion, know that only the Chrysler 200 and the Chevy Malibu offer the push-start button on all standard models, and only the Chevy Malibu comes standard with power driver and passenger bucket seats.

Control Your Malibu from Your Phone

Another option offered only on the Chevy Malibu is the new OnStar RemoteLink, which allows nearly full control of your vehicle right from your phone. With the RemoteLink app you'll have the ability not only to lock, unlock, start, and stop your car from afar, but also be able to use the horn and flash the lights! The RemoteLink app will show you important diagnostic information like gallons of gas remaining, or your lifetime fuel efficiency. You can even see the remaining oil life, view tire pressure, access your account information, or pinpoint your vehicle's location on a map. The Malibu comes packed with technology you won't find in any other car, and, most importantly, it's all offered at a lower MSRP than any of its competitors.

Performance Highlights

Among the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Chrysler 200, the 2016 Chevy Malibu is the only car the offers a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine. This small but powerful engine provides power and efficiency unmatched by any other model. With a 0-100 KpH of 6 seconds, the Malibu is among the quickest of the group. Moreover, the 160-horsepower engine achieves a total fuel savings of 8.7 L/100km city and 6.36 L/100km. Only the Honda Accord comes close to matching the fuel efficiency provided by the Malibu. The 1.5 L engine isn't the only engine available for the Malibu, though. On the higher levels, a 2.0 L turbocharged engine produces 250 horsepower and is paired with an eight-speed transmission that still allows for significant fuel savings: 10.69 L/100km city and 7.13 L/100km highway. 

When compared to the competition, the 2.0 L engine of the Chevy Malibu is still more efficient than vehicles like the Chrysler 200. The 200 offers a 3.6 L engine but gets only 12.38 L/100km city and 7.35 L/100km highway. While the Malibu may have the lowest horsepower among the competition, a sedan should be about more than just horsepower. The Malibu retains moderate horsepower that also provides savings on insurance premiums and gas costs.

Final Takeaways

The 2016 Chevy Malibu is a beautiful, technologically advanced car that offers significant fuel savings, style, and space when stacked up against the Camry, Accord, 200, or Fusion. In short, the Malibu is a massive step forward for the Chevy brand.

Against the Chrysler 200, the most comparable competitor, the Malibu is offered at a lower MSRP and features significantly more tech for the price. The Malibu even offers a fair amount of fuel savings when directly compared. 

Against the Toyota Camry, the Malibu takes an even more noticeable advantage. While the two vehicles have a number of similarities, the Malibu offers several creature-comfort advantages. For one, the ride quality on the Malibu is much more comfortable, and the tight handling offers an experience that just can't be matched by the Toyota Camry. Beyond that, while the Infotainment system for the Camry is fairly intuitive and easy to use, it is simply not comparable to the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay system available on the Malibu. Finally, the Chevy Powertrain Warranty exceeds the warranty offered by Toyota and includes five-year roadside assistance, which just isn't an option for the Camry.

When comparing directly again the Ford Fusion, the Malibu still comes out ahead. With greater fuel efficiency, a lower MSRP, considerably more vehicle technology and safety features, as well as more modern and distinct styling, the Malibu is the obvious choice.

This just leaves the comparably equipped Honda Accord, which has a larger fuel tank size and is a somewhat faster vehicle. However, it just doesn't offer nearly as much room or comfort for the driver and front passengers as the Chevy Malibu. There's also the disadvantage of not having an option for 4G LTE WiFi or OnStar RemoteLink, which allows greater connectivity than ever before with your vehicle.

Simply put, the 2016 Malibu provides a more stylized design, significantly more advanced technological features, and a sportier, more fuel-efficient engine than any previous year. In particular, the technological difference between the 2015 and 2016 Malibu isn't just substantial-it's revolutionary. Already an industry leader in 2015, Chevrolet seriously upgraded the vehicle to provide technology that covers everything you might want in a car. 

From lane-keep assist to automatic high beams, the all-new Malibu comes highly equipped. With more room, more equipment, more safety features, a brand new powertrain, and a highly improved driving experience, the 2016 Chevy Malibu outshines previous models and sets the bar for competition among its peers.

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