2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier
2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbocharged 250 HP with 8 Speed Automatic
Iridescent Pearl with Loft Brown Leather Interior
We pick up this tester, its Pearl White which is always a "hot color" on a GM car, the styling is fresh, crisp, and its a fastback sedan which you would expect. This car has evocative street presence. While the 19 inch Turbine wheels add character.
The interior finished in Loft Brown leather captures the attention, its stylish and surprisingly well finished for a mid range sedan. "Somebody at Chevrolet did their due diligence to execute this interior". In addition all the features that you expect, from navigation, satellite radio, wifi, back up camera, power driver seat with memory, to name a few are all present. Including a panorama roof.
Did we forget the heated and ventilated front seats. The controls are easy, and intuitive, and will not permit you to be distracted. You cannot enter an address in the navigation system while the car is moving as an example.
The Bose sound system is surprisingly good for a mid range car, and the volume control behind the steering wheel are even easier than controls on the wheel.
Rear seat leg room is ample for adults. The folding seat back increases the versatility, and carrying capacity.
You can configure your own Malibu...here.
The drive...its where this car truly captures your attention.
The styling, interior, the vast array of features are almost surprising in a Malibu. Experiencing the 2.0L turbo really caught our attention.
By now we have driven a good choice of vehicles with 4 cylinders, be it naturally aspirated, and with turbos. Most of these engines have comparable horsepower, and every manufacturer tweaks their computer management especially on the turbo motors, to what they think the customer wants.
From our perspective the 2.0L turbo with the 8 speed automatic is a "benchmark" powertrain for a mid size sedan. With solid acceleration complemented by robust passing power on the highway, or when you need to optimise the road position. There is no torque steer, but you sense torque in the steering wheel.
This car urges you to get exuberant...
The steering has a good level of feel for a sedan, the brakes are good, while the 245/40 tires provide the road adherence. Its not a hard core sport sedan, its not rear wheel drive, its a Malibu that is fun to drive, and urges you to seek the next level.
While we agree that mid size sedans are migrating towards utilities.
If you are considering a mid size sedan, and perhaps the Malibu did not even blip on your radar. Agreed...there are numerous wonderful mid size sedans being offered by various manufacturers. We urge you to experience a Malibu 2.0T for yourself prior to finalising your decision.
The car will refresh your priorities, and raise your expectations.
Strada Talking Points
- Attractive styling
- Compelling interior finishes
- A deluge of features and technology
- Benchmark powertrain
- Strong value proposition
The quick review...