Once known as one of the fiercest muscle cars on the market, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu has quietly transformed into a very satisfying family sedan.
Once known as one of the fiercest muscle cars on the market, the Chevrolet Malibu has quietly transformed into a very satisfying family sedan. While the base engine gets the job done, the optional turbocharged engine is an efficient powerhouse. Not only does the new Malibu boast a five-star crash test rating, but it can also be equipped with a number of advanced safety features. Let us take a look at what the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu has to offer.
The base version of the Chevy Malibu comes standard with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Designed with direct-injection technology, the fast-revving engine is able to pump out 196 horsepower. Most drivers will be more than pleased with the thrust of this engine. An innovative stop/start feature helps the Malibu to return 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the open road.Drivers who have a thirst for more performance should step up to the turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. With a total output of 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged Malibu proves to be quick in all driving situations. In fact, the Malibu rivals the performance of a V6-powered Honda Accord. During testing, the turbo model was able to hit 60 mph in about six seconds. When driven on the highway, expect the sedan to deliver a fuel efficiency of 30 miles-per-gallon.
Instead of designing the Malibu with a continuous variable transmission, Chevy engineers decided to stick with a six-speed automatic gearbox. On the road, the automatic transmission demonstrates a very responsive character.
All versions of the Malibu offer a composed and comfortable ride. While the Malibu is not considered to be a sports sedan, it still manages to handle curvy roads with confidence. The cabin is also surprisingly quiet.
While the front seats are comfortable and relatively spacious, long-legged passengers may find the Malibu’s backseat to be a tad bit cramped. Competitors such as the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry offer more legroom in the rear. However, the Malibu does feature a large trunk that measures out at 16.3 cubic feet.
In regards to safety, the Malibu is one of the safest sedans on the market. Aside from the Malibu’s superb crash test ratings, the sedan also comes standard with a set of powerful disc brakes and GM’s praiseworthy OnStar system. If you become stranded due to car trouble, the OnStar system will provide direct access to roadside assistance. If you opt for the Advanced Safety package, the Malibu will be outfitted with a rear-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Although onlookers will have their own opinion about the Malibu’s styling, most drivers tend to adore the sedan’s sporty appearance. Unlike some of the other mid-sized sedans on the road, the Malibu does not blend in with the crowd. The bold front fascia and Camaro-like taillights further enhance the car’s curb appeal. The optional 18-inch wheels give the Malibu an even more aggressive road presence.
To the delight of laptop and smart-phone users, the new Malibu now offers 4G WiFi connectivity. Even the base LS trim comes standard with key-less entry, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth connectivity. Some of the top-of-the-line features include heated seats, dual-zone climate control, a touch-screen infotainment system. a premium Pioneer audio system, navigation, and xenon headlights.
The MSRP for the 2015 Malibu LS is $22,465. However, a fully-equipped LTZ model carries a price tag of more than $28,000.
If you are seeking an extremely safe family sedan that delivers reasonable gas mileage, the Malibu may prove to be the perfect car. Budget-minded drivers will find the Malibu to be an excellent value.
In regards to rear-seat legroom, the Malibu is certainly not the most spacious in its class. Due to the fact that the sedan does not offer an all-wheel drive system, motorists who plan to drive on snowy roads may need to consider another vehicle.