After six decades and nine generations of steady reinvention, the excitement surrounding the redesign of the Chevy Malibu is certainly palpable. With its rear-slung posture and dynamic exterior lines, the latest edition of Chevy’s iconic midsize sedan evokes memories of its fastback legacy. Yet, with standard turbocharged power and first-rate technology features throughout, a buyer can make no mistake: this is no throwback in any conventional sense. Steady improvements over the last decade have put the Malibu where it is today: firmly ensconced among the segment’s leaders, with a growing number of buyers rightly taking notice. Along with its stylish exterior, a welcoming and never-more-spacious interior cabin welcomes five occupants with space to spare, and wraps them in first-rate upholstery materials as it does so. So we welcome all drivers to greet the new Chevy Malibu as you would an old friend; the same qualities of style and sophistication are still there, but are sharper and better than they’ve ever been before.
For all the love that the new Malibu has received, there can be little doubt where the model’s priorities truly lie. A comprehensive airbag sensing system and high-strength steel safety cage provide protection in the event of a collision, while crash-mitigation features such as Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control help to prevent these collisions from happening. Put simply, the Malibu’s 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Score was never in doubt.
Today’s drivers demand potent performance and fuel efficiency in equal measure, and the latest edition of the Chevy Malibu certainly rises to the challenge. Its standard powertrain, a 1.5L Turbo, is quick and agile in its delivery of up to 37 highway mpg. Meanwhile, the available 2.0L Turbo puts the competition on notice with its robust 250 horsepower. In either configuration, the ride quality of the Malibu is smooth and confident.
Chevrolet has long been at the head of the in-car tech revolution, and the Malibu secures its standing for the new model year. The available Chevrolet MyLink display allows users to stream music, make calls, or listen to audiobooks, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as well. The available built-in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot sweetens the deal even further, ensuring that a solid wireless connection is never in doubt.