Pricing has been announced for the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, which will be positioned competitively in the midsize segment at $22,500, including destination fees. This starting price for the entry-level 2016 Chevrolet Malibu L undercuts the base sticker prices of the Ford Fusion, Chrysler 200, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, Kia Optima, and Nissan Altima. The base models of the Mazda6 and Hyundai Sonata are priced slightly cheaper than the Malibu L.
At least on paper, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu looks like it’ll be the beginning of a brighter chapter for Chevy’s midsize sedan. Not only is the Malibu restyled with more coherent proportions and design elements, it’s longer, wider, and 300 pounds lighter than before. All 2016 Chevrolet Malibu models improve on rear-seat legroom compared to outgoing versions, addressing one of our biggest complaints with the old car.
The base 2016 Chevrolet Malibu L comes with a new 160-hp, 1.5-liter EcoTec turbo-four engine, making 184 lb-ft of torque. In addition to as-yet-EPA-unconfirmed improvements in fuel economy, the Malibu L adds standard push-button start, keyless entry, and stop/start technologies.
Stretching for the $23,995 2016 Chevrolet Malibu LS adds MyLink radio with a 7-inch touchscreen, compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a rear-view camera. The Malibu LT will run you $25,895, building on the LS’ equipment with LED daytime running lights and 8-way power front seats.
Both the LT and the leather-clad Premier versions of the Malibu can be had with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (also used in the Buick Regal GS) making 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. These models start at $29,495 and $31,795, respectively, and are expected to return 22/32 mpg (city/highway).
New safety tech available on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, such as lane-keep assist and automatic front pedestrian detection and braking, should make it a contender for a Top Safety Pick+ crash rating.
Look for more equipment details on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu when it hits showrooms later this year. By spring 2016 there will also be a Malibu Hybrid available in all trims except the base L, which uses a two-motor drive unit derived from that of the new Volt. According to Chevrolet, it’ll return an impressive 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway, although that’s yet to be confirmed by the EPA.