When you’re looking for a new family car, you want something that will stick around, not something you’ll fall out of love with in a matter of months. Luckily, automotive journals take on long-term test vehicles so you don’t have to. One beloved model in the Autotrader test fleet was the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. If you’re looking for a faithful new family car, a Malibu might be perfect for you!
The Chevrolet Malibu was recently restyled, and its new look is more sleek and attractive than outgoing model years. Its new aerodynamic, swooping lines are more also more attractive than its rivals, making it stand out in a large sea of midsize sedans. The interior style is lovely, too. It’s roomy for the whole family, with comfortable seats and convenient features for everyone. You can add leather seating and upholstery, or get it standard on the Premier trim, but the standard cloth seats are premium quality. In fact, one driver’s daughter was of the opinion that the cloth seats must be more expensive than leather.
The Chevrolet Malibu has three engine choices. All models are front-wheel-drive, but you can pick what’s important to you when it comes to power. The standard engine is a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder, which gives you 163 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. If you want more power to command, the Premier trim comes with a 2.0L turbocharged engine, which puts out 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Alternatively, you can opt for the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, which gives 124 hp, 129 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid engine is the most fuel-efficient, especially if you’re commuting in the city: it gets 49 MPG in the city, and 43 on the highway. But the 1.5L gets an amazing EPA rating, too, at 27 city MPG and 36 highway MPG.
Aside from facts and figures, the test drivers all had a great time driving their 2.0L Malibu. Lots of these drivers were parents who took the Malibu home as a basic family sedan, and came back praising its performance. The long-term updates on their Chevrolet Malibu say that it’s “more fun than a Mazda6” and “near-perfect,” and said that none of them could really believe that a family sedan could have such outstanding performance. For extra kick and lots of fun behind the wheel of your family car, a Premier Malibu is a great pick!
The Malibu also has lots of modern technology and equipment for your convenience and comfort. It comes standard with smartphone connectivity through both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New models also come with standard Teen Driver safety technology, which is a built-in system that helps your young driver regulate and learn, while keeping the parent informed about any dangerous habits the teen needs help with. You can also equip the Driver Confidence Package for $1,195, which includes loads of safety and convenience technology. You get automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and a blind spot monitoring system. Plus, if you choose to add the Driver Confidence package, the Teen Driver system will automatically turn all of those safety functions on when your teen’s key starts the car.
Chevrolet Malibu For Sale in Forest Lake, MN
After their long-term test was over, these drivers agreed that the Malibu is a top-notch family car. In fact, they ranked it in the top three family sedans, and put it on their list of ten must-drive vehicles for 2016. If you’re looking for a family car with something for everyone, you can come test drive a Chevrolet Malibu in Forest Lake, MN today. You can check out new and used models, and chat with a member of our sales team about which car is right for you. We have a wide selection of vehicles at great low prices, so our team will help you find something that fits your lifestyle and your budget. We’ll also help you protect your new car as long as you own it with our free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. Check out our inventory online, and give us a call when you find something you love. We’ll set you up with a test drive and get you behind the wheel right away! We’re located near North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake, so stop by and see us soon!
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