The Chevy Malibu has been overhauled for 2016. This time around it’s lighter, yet larger, more fuel efficient, and safer than ever. It’s also got Apple CarPlay, which is quite frankly awesome.
Here are five reasons why the new Malibu is a worthy upgrade over its predecessor.
1. Your Teen Can Drive it
The statistics for teen drivers are frightening. Did you know that there were 2,163 teen driver deaths 2013, and that 1 in 3 teens admit to texting while driving? Chevy is aware of these stats, and they have invested a lot of time in making it safer for teens to get behind the wheel.
With the 2016 Malibu, parents can assigns their teen a key fob. Anytime the car is used by that teen, certain safety features can be turned on. Later on, parents can use Teen Driver to basically get a report card on how their teens are driving. This provides the parents with real data that they can use in discussions with their teens afterwards, making the system great for teaching and coaching. The Teen Driver feature is first being launched in the Malibu but you can expect it to eventually show up in other Chevy vehicles.
In addition to the Teen Driver feature, the Malibu can also be customized with pedestrian protection and lane detection.
2. It’s Much Lighter Than a Typical Mid-size Sedan
Despite being a few inches longer this time around, Chevy has taken 300 pounds off of the new Malibu. This lighter body allows for better fuel efficiency and means that the ride is less jerky. Chevy says the 2016 Malibu is also more structurally sound than before.
3. It Has Apple CarPlay, and It’s Awesome
The dashboard inside the Chevy Malibu is nice and large with a great responsive display. But even better is that it can come configured with Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPay is a breath of fresh air compared to every other infotainment system that we have ever tested. For once you don’t have to scratch your head to figure out how to operate your in-car navigation or playlists. And, as many of us have come to expect from Apple, the experience Apple CarPlay is crazy intuitive. Because it’s so easy to operate, it really helps keep drivers focused on the road, and not on the console. Siri works incredibly well too. We had Siri transcribe a text message for us while driving, and she did so 100% accurately.
4. It’s Available as a Hybrid
The 2016 Chevy Malibu is available as a hybrid as well. The company has taken a lot of lessons from the Chevy Volt and has implemented them into the Malibu. On the inside, the technology is very similar to the Volt, like regenerative braking that helps keep the battery charged. On battery power alone, the Hybrid Malibu runs on a lithium-ion battery and can go up to 50 miles per hour. Once the battery has been depleted, the 1.8-liter gas engine exceeds 45 mpg, keeping the Malibu efficient and cost-effective.
5. It’s a Great Ride
The Malibu is available with a 1.5-liter turbo four and a 2.0T engine. This is actually the first use of the 1.5-liter turbo engine in North America. We test drove both models on the roads around Palo Alto, California, and the 2.0T engine felt more like a 2.5. We were also impressed with the Malibu’s handling, especially with the 2.0T.
Pricing for the 2016 Chevy Malibu begins at $22,500 for the base model and peaks at $31k+ when fully loaded.