The Chevy Malibu gets lost in the crowd. Its design is handsome enough and its driving demeanor is pleasant. Buyers of the Malibu are getting a perfectly fine sedan, it’s just not the one we’d pick. Most models come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); the top Premier model comes with a gutsier turbo 2.0-liter. No matter the engine, all models come with front-wheel drive. Malibu is propelled by a dutiful 163-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a CVT. While the touchscreen interface is easy to interpret.
The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine managed a respectable 34 mpg over the course of our 75-mph highway fuel economy route. Malibu’s interior is comfortable and ergonomically friendly. The cabin has competitive passenger space and options. The Malibu’s symmetrical dashboard and the large opening beneath the center stack make the cockpit feel spacious. The Malibu boasts a big trunk with ample carry-on capacity; it also has plenty of interior storage space. Chevy fits every Malibu with a touchscreen infotainment system that includes many desirable options—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
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