The 2016 Chevy Malibu in Cincinnati, OH is sitting on McCluskey Chevrolet’s lot, and it’s better than ever. While the new look and redesign are the most prominent aspects of the 2016 Malibu, there are a few other key elements that stand out as well, such as its safety and technology, along with the performance of the gas-powered engines and available hybrid powertrain.
Taking everything into account, it’s clear that the 2016 Malibu is a sedan with a few tricks up its sleeve, and, unlike some other entries from the segment, Chevy’s new Malibu is far from ordinary. A sedan that’s far from ordinary needs to be sold by a dealership that’s also far from ordinary, and that’s exactly where McCluskey Chevrolet comes in. rdable new vehicle for your growing family, there’s really no better choice than the 2016 Chevy Malibu.
The 1.5-liter engine has fuel-saving technology like Variable Valve Timing, Direct Injection, and Stop/Start technology. VVT and DI have been around for a while, but the Stop/Start technology is something that’s just started to come about. In a nutshell, Stop/Start limits the idle time of an engine, eventually shutting it off to save fuel. Thanks to the fuel saving capability, this little engine allows the Malibu to get up to an impressive 37 mpg highway — while still putting out 163 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque.
Not enough power? Step up to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine with a turbocharger. Paired with an eight-speed automatic, this engine is able to put out 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, which is plenty of kick for a mid-size sedan. Since it’s still equipped with some of the fuel saving technology like VVT and DI (and 250 horsepower isn’t an astronomical amount) the Malibu still gets decent fuel economy when equipped with this engine.
Finally, the 1.8-liter hybrid four-cylinder DOHC engine with SIDI and VVT is the engine setup for the 2016 Malibu Hybrid. This engine puts out 124 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, but makes up for the lack of power with amazing fuel economy. Miraculously, the Malibu Hybrid is able to get up to 47 mpg highway, providing the space and style of a midsize sedan with a fuel economy that beats most compact cars on the market.
The success of the Malibu’s redesign lies in the unexpected sense of drama and style it brings to the day-to-day commute. The first noticeable change is its agile stance, which gives it that sporty look and feel partly because of the tires. While the front tires are placed close to the front end, the back tires are positioned differently from what is typically seen on a midsize sedan.
As opposed to being closer to the rear end, these tires are actually set a little more forward. This allows a greater over-hang for the rear bumper, and gives the illusion of an elongated and slightly raised back end. Coupled with the windswept body lines and available dual exhaust outlets, the Malibu looks sleeker and sportier than your average sedan.
If the new stance doesn’t attract attention, the front end certainly will. Chevy’s famous split-grille design is present, but this time Chevy decided to put a twist on it. Instead of the top-half being larger than the bottom half, it’s the opposite. Above the Chevy bowtie logo, the top half of the split-grille is matched to the width of the headlights, while the bottom half is larger in order to compliment the wide bumper.
The headlights are designed to match the aerodynamic styling of the car, and the available LED daytime running lights make the front-end stand out even more. Overall, the result is a sedan that has the perfect blend of aerodynamics, sportiness, and style – all of which combine to create a head-turning, handsome car.
Apart from the design, the 2016 Chevy Malibu has a few more elements that really make it stand out in a crowd. Particularly, the powertrain options.
The performance and fuel-saving fun isn’t the only thing to get excited about with the 2016 Chevy Malibu. Since it’s a 2016 model, that means some impressive technology features are in store for the owner of this vehicle. The ever popular Chevrolet MyLink is leading the way in the technology department and is now compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Now, both iPhone and Android users can enjoy connectivity with an enhanced smartphone integration experience. In order to make the integration even better, the Malibu is the first car in its class to offer built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. That way, you’re connected no matter where the road takes you.
Both of these enhance the already stellar Bluetooth connectivity provided by Chevrolet MyLink, and allow Android and iPhone users to experience the ability to get directions, make calls, send/receive hands-free texts, and even play music from phones. Rounding everything off, the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app is available, and gives the ability to control many of the vehicle’s functions from a smart phone – functions such as starting the Malibu remotely, locking/unlocking doors, managing the Wi-Fi connection, and even sending directions to the vehicle with OnStar Navigation.
While the outside of the Malibu is intended for performance and head-turning purposes, the inside is all about keeping the driver and passengers entertained, regardless of how long the drive is.
Even if the sporty ride, good looks, and entertaining technology are what most buyers look for in a car, the Malibu is still a sedan. Therefore, it also appeals to the buyer with a family for whom safety is a top priority. The 2016 Chevy Malibu has a blend of technological and physical safety features that are all there to keep its occupants as safe as possible. Technology like Lane Keep Assist, front automatic braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and front parking assist are all there to help prevent a collision. The crumple zones, comprehensive air bag sensing system, and the high-strength steel safety cage are there to protect the occupants if a crash occurs.
OnStar Advisor (if equipped) is connected to the Malibu in order to make sure everyone is okay, and automatically contact emergency services if help is required during the event of a collision. If an occupant doesn’t respond, OnStar is even able to use GPS technology in order to pinpoint the location and request help immediately. With the Malibu’s ability to prevent, protect, and respond to collisions, it’s one of the safest midsize sedans on the market.