2016 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP $21,625 - $30,920

Ranked #7 in Sedan

8.2

Overall Rating

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Malibu comes in a redesigned avatar for the 2016 model year. It has had mediocre success in its previous generation as Chevrolet’s entry in the affordable midsize sedan and with the redesign, Chevrolet is hoping to up their sales figures. The 2016 Malibu offers to be a pocket-friendly midsize sedan with quite a good number of features in the higher trim levels.

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Pros

Spacious interior

Impressive handling

Strong braking

Cons

Sluggish base engine

Base L trim has a disappointing standard feature-set

What's New?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is a completely redesigned model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21625

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

193.8 in.

width

73 in.

height

57.6 in.

curb weight

3086 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/37 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

L$21,625 onwards

LS$23,120 onwards

LT$25,020 onwards

Premier$30,920 onwards

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.9

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


Prices for the Malibu start at $22,500 for the base ‘L’ trim level and go all the way up to $31,795 for the ‘Premier’ trim level. The Malibu has three more trims between the base”L” and the fully loaded “Premium” which take the total number of trims on offer to 5 and each is a step above the one below it.The Malibu competes with the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima in the affordable midsize sedan segment.


8.0/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.9/10
Safety


2016 Chevrolet Malibu Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes in 5 different trim levels that are named the ‘L’, ‘LS’, ‘1LT’, ‘2LT’, ‘Premier’ trim levels. The ‘L’ trim level is the base variant that is available for $21,625 while the ‘Premier’ is the costliest one at $29,120. The L trim is crude when it comes to standard features and creature comforts and doesn’t have much on offer while the Premier trim level offers some premium features and creature comforts.

Trim

L

LS

1LT

2LT

Premier

MSRP

$21,625

$23,120

$25,020

$28,620

$29,120

Key Features

16" steel wheels with painted wheel covers

16" aluminum wheels

17" aluminum wheels

18" aluminum wheels

19" aluminum wheels

 

AM/FM stereo

Chevrolet MyLink5 Radio

Outside heated power-adjustable body-color mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators

Dual-outlet exhaust with stainless steel tips

Chevrolet MyLink5 Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen display

 

6-speaker sound system

7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display

Driver window with express-up/-down

Tire inflator kit

Bose 9-speaker premium audio system

 

Single-zone manual climate control

Compass and outside temperature displays

LED daytime running lamps

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Front buckets with reclining seatbacks

USB port

8-way power driver seat with power lumbar control

6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with power lumbar control

 

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

SiriusXM Satellite Radio All Access Package

Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and shift knob

 

Bluetooth wireless technology

Bluetooth audio streaming

OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot

Perforated leather-appointed seating

We Recommend

The 2LT trim priced at just below the $30,000 mark seems to be the best choice to go for as it offers a larger powertrain unit along with 18-inch aluminum wheels and all the standard features and creature comforts that come along with the 1LT trim level.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes equipped with 2 powertrain options. The lower trims get the base 1.5 L turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The higher trims such as the ‘2LT’ and the ‘Premier’ get a larger 2 L turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. The base engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit while the larger engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission unit. 

Malibu is only available as an FWD car throughout the trim levels. The base engine seems sluggish and lacks excitement compared to the larger one. It helps the Malibu accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, a quarter-mile distance in 16.5 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph.

Models

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$22,500

$23,135

$23,070

$22,500

Engine 

1.5L turbo inline-4

2.5L naturally aspirated inline-4

2.5L naturally aspirated I-4

2.5L naturally aspirated I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT w/OD

Power 

160 hp @ 5,700 rpm

175 hp @ 6,000 rpm

178hp @ 6000 rpm

182hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

170lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

180lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

8.8

8

8.5

Quarter mile (sec)

16.5

16.5

16.2

16.6

Top Speed (MPH)

130

130

125

130

The Chevy Malibu’s performance seems fair considering the fact that it has a turbocharged engine with a smaller displacement and costs less when compared to its rivals. The Toyota Camry might be the most engaging to drive the car as its powertrain feels punchier and more reactive than what you get in Malibu.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Having a lower displacement engine with forced induction means that the Malibu can create almost the same power output as that of its rivals while delivering an excellent fuel economy as well. The 2016 Malibu delivers a combined fuel economy of 31 MPG which is the best in its class. Having a 13-gallon fuel tank capacity, the combined range on offer is around the 403 miles mark.

Models

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

27

22

25

27

MPG (Highway)

37

34

35

39

MPG (Combined)

31

26

28

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

13

16.5

17

18

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

351/481

363/561

425/595

486/702

The Malibu might have one of the best fuel economies in the segment but its fuel tank capacity of just 13 gallons. This reduces its maximum driving range on highways below 500 miles while the rest of the rivals have way more than 500 miles of range. The Nissan Altima seems to be the best choice in the segment if fuel economy is one of your top priorities and it comes paired with the largest in the class.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

7.8/10

When it comes to interior features and creature comforts, the base ‘L’ trim level of the Malibu is pretty crude in nature and provides the basic amenities inside that just feel too normal. The ‘Premier’ trim on the other hand brings some premium-level features and creature comforts into the cabin that makes the Malibu very attractive. The dashboard layout has a signature Chevrolet dashboard design touch to it when it comes to the layout of components and the design of the HVAC vents. The dashboard is available both in single and dual-tone layout and has a faux metal trim insert.

The front bucket seats are heated, ventilated and have 8-way power adjustability with power lumbar support as well. The interior is spacious and has plenty of shoulder room and headroom to sit in a relaxed and comfortable manner. The second-row seats are 60-40 split-bench seats that are comfy and spacious. Other features inside the Malibu’s interior include dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with infotainment controls, armrests for both the front and rear seats, and so on. 

Models

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/58.5/42

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.8/58/41.6

40/56.4/45

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.8/56.9/38.3

38.1/56.6/38.9

37.1/56.4/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.8

16

15.4

15.4

The Malibu offers the best in class shoulder room which really makes it easy for 3 occupants to sit comfortably in the back without an issue. The cargo capacity is also one of the best in class at 15.8 cu-ft. of volume and the trunk has a wide opening to it as well. The Ford Fusion offers the best in class cabin volume as well as cargo capacity and the Malibu comes really close. Standout interior features:

  • Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise
  • Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats
  • Memory function for driver seat and outside mirrors
  • 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with power lumbar control
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu’s infotainment system?

Just like the interior features and creature comforts, the base ‘L’ trim of the Malibu doesn’t have much on offer when it comes to infotainment systems compared to what the top-tier ‘Premier’ trim level offers. The infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen multi-information display unit that is responsive and intuitive to use. It also gets features like Chevrolet MyLink radio as well as SiriusXM satellite radio in it.

The audio system in the Premier trim level is a Bose premium audio system with 9 speakers. There are connectivity features on board as well which mainly include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and 4G LTE internet access WiFi hotspot as well. Standout infotainment features:

  • Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen display
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio All Access Package with a 3-month trial subscription
  • OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Apple Carplay compatibility
  • Bose 9-speaker premium audio system
  • Wireless charging pad

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

8.0/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes in an all-new avatar compared to the previous generation. The new Malibu looks less like the Cruze and more of a personality of its own compared to the previous version which looked like it was trying hard to become a Cruze. The sharper headlights, larger grille, and flowing sidelines along with a confident-looking rear end make the Malibu more aesthetically pleasing than ever. It also is the longest car in the segment which explains its excellent legroom in the cabin.

Model

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3086

3431

3240

3197

Length (in.)

193.8

191.7

190.9

191.9

Width (in.)

73

72.9

71.7

72

Height (in.)

57.6

58.1

57.9

57.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

6.1

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

111.4

112.2

109.3

109.3

The Malibu has very good proportions when it comes to the wheelbase and overall length and height of the car compared to the rest of the rivals. It is also the widest of them all and hence gives a lot of confidence while cornering. Standout exterior features:

  • Halogen projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • 19" aluminum wheels
  • Outside heated power-adjustable body-color mirrors 
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with stainless steel tips
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Safety

8.9/10

Safety-wise, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is undoubtedly one of the best choices in the segment as it is one of the most structurally sound cars in the segment. As per the NHTSA records, Malibu has scored an excellent 5-star overall safety rating and has similar results from the IIHS as well. The Driver Confidence package adds automatic high-beam headlight control, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and intervention, and a forward-collision warning system with low-speed automatic braking. The Driver Confidence 2 package adds a park assist system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Standout safety features:

  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-departure warning and intervention
  • Forward collision warning system with low-speed automatic braking
  • Park assist system
  • Adaptive cruise control

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Malibu has been fully redesigned for the 2016 model year with significant changes done to it and that makes it more attractive and better in every way. The low pricing, excellent fuel economy, and spacious interior are all USPs of Malibu. The only drawback seems to be the fact that the base ‘L’ trim doesn’t have much to offer and only the higher trims offer decent features and creature comforts.

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