2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 47 mpg City, 46 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8L Hybrid I4, 124 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Chevrolet Malibu is a full-sized sedan that competes with both mid-sized cars such as the Toyota Camry, as well as several entry level luxury cars. The Malibu has always featured a comfortable interior with plenty of room for an American sized buying public and this year is no different. The Malibu's wheelbase has grown by nearly four inches in 2016, and it has simultaneously lost nearly 300 pounds, improving handling, fuel economy and acceleration in the process. Adding further value, is the fact that the Malibu's available with a hybrid drivetrain, pushing mileage well into the 40 mpg range. Prices start at around $22,500.

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What's New For 2016

The Chevrolet Malibu has gotten a complete redesign for 2016. A sharper looking, new exterior surrounds a car that is both larger and lighter than last year's model, with an improved, roomier interior. Engine options have also been updated with a brand new turbocharged powerplant coming as standard equipment for 2016.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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(Requires (Wpr) Driver Confidence Package.)
$814 $895
Unselected includes (KA1) heated driver and front passenger seats, (AAQ) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster, (AT9) front passenger power lumbar seat adjuster and (UQA) Bose premium 9-speaker system
(Requires (Io6) Chevrolet Mylink Radio With Navigation, (Wpj) Convenience And Technology Package And (Wpr) Driver Confidence Package.)
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(Requires (Wpj) Convenience And Technology Package.)
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(Not Available With (Pcm) Preferred Package, Lpo Or (Pdh) All Weather Mat Protection Package, Lpo.)
$341 $375
Unselected includes (VAV) All-weather floor mats, LPO and (VLI) Cargo mat, LPO
(Not Available With (Pde) Weather Protection Package, Lpo Or (Pcm) Convenience Package 2, Lpo.)
$182 $200
Unselected includes (S6P) Remote start kit, LPO, (SIF) Portable media connectivity package, LPO, (VAV) All-weather floor mats, LPO and (W2D) Cargo net, LPO
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(Included And Only Available With (Wpj) Convenience And Technology Package.)
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Unselected includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
(Included And Only Available With (C3u) Power Sunroof.)
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(Included And Only Available With (Wpj) Convenience And Technology Package.)
$0 $0
Unselected with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; featuring Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
(Requires (Wpj) Convenience And Technology Package And (Wpl) Leather Package.)
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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
    • Hill Start Assist
    • Daytime Running Lamps, LED
    • Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
    • Antenna, body-color
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum
    • Tires, P225/55R17, all-season blackwall
    • Tire inflation kit
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Headlamps, halogen
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated, windshield and front side windows
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat adjuster, 8-way power driver
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, power driver lumbar control
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
    • Armrest, rear center with cupholders
    • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
    • Floor mats, carpeted front
    • Floor mats, carpeted rear
    • Steering wheel, 3-spoke
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Warning indicator, front passenger safety belt
    • Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
    • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
    • Remote panic alarm
    • Door locks, power programmable
    • Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
    • Windows, power with Express-Down on all
    • Passive Entry System includes Remote Keyless Entry, extended range
    • Keyless start
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Compass display
    • Temperature display, outside
    • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Vent, rear console
    • Air filter, cabin
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • Assist handle, front passenger
    • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp, dual reading lamps and illuminated truck area
    • Lighting, interior, ambient instrument panel light pipe, front doors pad and map pocket light pipe, and door handle release on all doors
    • Lighting, interior, rear reading lamps, switchable
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 1.8L hybrid DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (estimated: 124 engine hp [91 kW] @ 5000 rpm, 129 engine lb-ft of torque [175 N-m] @ 4750 rpm)
    • Transmission, two-motor drive unit, automatic
    • Hybrid Propulsion Electric, 50 kW continuous power
    • Axle, 2.64 final drive ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
    • Suspension, rear 4-link, independent
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Brake rotors, Duralife
    • Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance
    • Brake, parking, electronic

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.6
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LKN
    • Engine Type - Gas/Electric I4
    • Displacement - 1.8L/110
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 124 @ 5000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 129 @ 4750
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 193.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.0
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 102.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.0
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 46
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 47
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 46
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.8
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.8
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Malibu
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Four-Link
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RA9
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RA9
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZAM
    • Front Tire Size - P225/55R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/55R17
    • Spare Tire Size - T125/80R16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MKE
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.64
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Midsize Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 3.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3457
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Autumn Bronze Metallic Blue Velvet Metallic Butte Red Metallic Champagne Silver Metallic Crystal Red Tintcoat Iridescent Pearl Tricoat Mosaic Black Metallic Nightfall Gray Metallic Silver Ice Metallic Summit White
  • Autumn Bronze Metallic
  • Blue Velvet Metallic
  • Butte Red Metallic
  • Champagne Silver Metallic
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

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The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ranks among the best of the midsize sedans. It was a finalist for the 2016 North American Car of the Year award, and compares well against Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima and Maxima. The Malibu’s refinement, comfort, easy-to-use controls, driving pleasure, and fuel-efficiency add up to a great sedan.

With its new design and entirely new structure, the 2016 Malibu has moved closer to the larger Chevrolet Impala in shape as well as dimensions. Following the trend toward lightness and efficiency, weight has been cut by nearly 300 pounds over the previous-generation Malibu. No V6 option is offered for this generation, and no engine is bigger than 2.0 liters.

Most 2016 Malibu models come with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Developing 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the new engine feels smoother and stronger than the old 2.5-liter it replaces. Quiet-running and neatly composed, the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Malibu 2LT and Malibu Premier get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Generating 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet, it drives an 8-speed automatic, which promises more precise, well-defined gearchanges. The 2.0-liter models feel as swift as some V6 forerunners, and rank among the most refined cars of their class.

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid couples a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine with twin electric motors and a 1.5-kWh battery pack for combined output of 182 horsepower. Chevrolet claims 0-60 mph acceleration in 8.2 seconds. The Hybrid can function at times in full-electric mode, up to 55 mph, and is EPA-rated at 48 mpg in combined driving. We’ve found the Malibu hybrid powertrain to be a smooth operator.

Inside, the 2016 Malibu seems significantly more spacious than before, though dimensions haven’t changed much. The dashboard is lower than previously. New seats provide better support, besting some rivals in comfort. Noise has been suppressed by rerouting air intakes and adding active noise cancellation. Few engine sounds are heard.

MyLink connectivity comes on most models with a big, crisp touchscreen. OnStar 4G LTE, for establishing a wireless hub, is available.

All except the 2016 Malibu L come with a rearview camera. Active-safety features are offered, including new Front Pedestrian Alert; but some are available only for Malibu LT and Malibu Premier models. With the new Teen Driver system, parents can specify a maximum speed, and the vehicle tracks infractions. Malibu comes with 10 airbags.


The 2016 Malibu L ($ 21,625) comes with the 1.5-liter engine, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, keyless start, a split-folding rear seat, and 16-inch steel wheels. Malibu LS ($23,120) adds a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and MyLink seven-inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth streaming audio. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Malibu LT ($25,020) includes OnStar with 4G LTE, ambient lighting, LED daytime running lights, power driver’s seat, and 17-inch wheels. The 2.0-liter engine and 8-speed automatic go into Malibu LT2 ($28,620) models.

Premier ($30,920) gets the 2.0-liter engine and upgrades to leather upholstery, an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, wireless charging, remote start, USB ports, driver’s memory, heated/ventilated power front seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 19-inch wheels.

Malibu Hybrid is positioned below the Premier in terms of equipment.


The 2016 Malibu is a handsome, smartly balanced design. Malibu shuns the tall, awkward look of its 2013-15 predecessor, lowering the nose and extending the doors while adding 2.3 inches to overall length and 3.6 inches to wheelbase. Despite that dimensional increase, Malibu remains at the smaller end of the size spectrum in its class.

Sculpted body panels meet in a gentle intersection, and proportions have been stretched out. Usage of more high-strength steel permits slimmer roof pillars, which improve forward vision. Headlights and air intakes sit atop an enlarged, lower-set twin grille.

The entire body structure is totally new.


Relatively understated, the 2016 Malibu cabin looks elegant, even charming. The prior upright, two-tiered dashboard is gone, replaced by a conventional design. Buttons are used for some control functions, and the center stack holds bigger MyLink infotainment screens, with storage space. Soft-touch surfaces are abundant.

Serene and spacious, this Malibu is more passenger-friendly than the previous model. Headroom is a bit restricted by the swooping roofline, but still among the best in its class though tall riders might not like the carved-out portions of the headliner. Seats feel sturdy, with ample bolstering as well as sufficient support for long treks.

Rear legroom feels much greater than before.

Wind and road sounds are mostly isolated from occupants, though you’re likely to notice certain impacts and rough pavement patches.

Trunk space measures 15.8 cubic feet; Malibu Hybrid offers 11.6 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the new Malibu feels confident and nimble. The suspension tuning offers a nice balance, firm enough for composure and responsive handling, yet with sufficient compliance for ride comfort.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is quiet and nicely composed. Only when traversing long upgrades, and in passing situations, does it feel like a taxed base engine.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers plenty of torque at lower engine speeds. Refinement and smooth behavior rank near the head of the midsize pack. In fact, the 2-liter Malibu beats the Ford Fusion EcoBoost for friskiness and easygoing drivability. Transmission gearchanges are sharp, but paddle shifters for manual control aren’t included (like anyone actually uses them).

Steering response is a strong point. Even the least-costly Malibu gets excellent electric power steering, which feels natural and precise. Malibu is among the lightest sedans in its category, and often feels more like a compact.

Although the new Malibu Hybrid shares technology with the Chevrolet Volt, there’s no EV button for battery-only driving. Steering feels no different from a gas-engine Malibu, and 0-60 mph acceleration takes 7.8 seconds, a respectable performance.

Fuel-efficiency is a high point for Malibu: The 1.5-liter engine is EPA-rated at 27/37 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined. Less thrifty, the 2-liter four-cylinder is EPA-rated at 22/33 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. Malibus with the 1.5-liter engine include stop-start technology, which will halt the engine at stoplights as a fuel-saving measure.


Frugal powertrains and up-to-date connectivity technology meet a beautifully balanced new look, making Malibu one of the best values in the midsize-sedan class. In any form, the 2016 version is a different sort of Malibu.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

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The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.


This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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