2016 Chevrolet Malibu starts at $22,500

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 6, 2015

Chevrolet announced that it will be offering the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in five models. These are the L, LS, LT, Premier, and Hybrid models. All of the versions will come with standard features like cruise control and 10 airbags. It will also come with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that has a push-button start and the passive entry and fuel-saving stop/start technology.

The 2016 Malibu is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient model yet and also the most connected and more advanced technology-wise. Steve Majoros shares that the company continues to focus on giving customers the highest level when it comes to quality and proof of this is recognition from J.D. Power as it relates to long-term dependability and quality.

Majoros is currently the director of Chevrolet cars and crossovers. Majoros adds that its latest offering, the 2016 Malibu, not just offers the latest technological features that other automakers find hard to compete with but it comes with a price that customers will find very impressive.

Its basic version, the L model, will be available for a suggested price of $22,500. The LS model comes in at a higher standard retail price of $23,995. The additional features include the MyLink Radio, which has a 7-inch color and touch screen that can be made compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

It should be noted that these software are subject to the privacy statements of Google and Apple and will need compatible smartphones with the corresponding data plans. The LS model also has a rear vision camera. The LT model meanwhile is priced at $25,895.

This is expected to have General Motors-estimated rating of 27 mpg for city driving and 37 mpg for highway driving especially with the stop/start Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine. These figures though are not yet official as EPA estimates have not yet been made available.

Furthermore, the LT has 8-way power driving seats and LED daytime running lamps. The LT model will also offer the 2.0L turbo paired with an 8-speed transmission and is priced starting at $29,495. Chevrolet‘s 2016 Malibu Premier model will have this option as well with a starting price of $31,795.

Though official EPA estimates are still not available, the 2.0T models have been estimated by GM to be 22 mpg for city and 32 mpg for highway. There are also other technological features that have been made available especially when it comes to safety.

These include Teen driver, Front Pedestrian Braking, Low Speed Front Automatic Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. These different features ensure safe driving habits by muting audio either from the car or a device paired with it in cases where the people seated on the front have not yet worn their seatbelts.

This system is also the first one that lets parents get information on how their teenage daughters or sons have been driving the vehicle. Thus it can act as a good teaching tool that can reinforce the importance of safe driving habits. This system is available as an option for the LT but will come standard with the Premier models.

With the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu being lighter and longer compared to previous models, the rear portion of the interior has more space. The reason why the 2016 Malibu is longer is due to the wheelbase being extended by almost four inches while it has been made lighter by 300 pounds.

The end result is that the 2016 Malibu has better fuel economy and even better handling. The fuel efficiency is made possible by the hybrid powertrain which borrows technology from the Chevrolet Volt. The GM-estimate ratings are 45 mpg for the highway, 48 mpg for city, and finally a rating of 47 mpg combined.

All these figures have been found to be the best for its segment although official estimates from the EPA have yet to be released.

The price of the Malibu Hybrid will be released once production starts which is slated to be sometime in the spring of 2016.

The 2016 Malibu is being manufactured at its GM Fairfax Assembly plant located in Kansas City, Kansas, though parts are sourced from different parts around the world.

Press Release


The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the most fuel-efficient, connected and technologically advanced version in the nameplate’s history – will be available with a starting suggested retail price of $22,500 for the L model.

“We’ve continued our focus on delivering on the highest levels of quality, as evidenced by recent recognitions from J.D. Power on initial quality and long-term dependability,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet cars and crossovers. “The 2016 Malibu is engineered and priced to give customers impressive value and technology that’s hard to compete with.”

For 2016, Malibu will be offered in five models, L, LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier. Standard equipment includes 10 airbags, cruise control, push-button start with passive entry and fuel-saving stop/start technology on the base 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.

The LS model, starting at $23,995, includes standard Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, available compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a rear vision camera. CarPlay and Android Auto are subject to Apple and Google privacy statements and require compatible smartphone and data plans.

The starting price for the LT model is $25,895 and is projected to offer a General Motors-estimated 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, when equipped with the Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with stop/start. Official EPA estimates are not yet available. The LT model adds LED daytime running lamps and 8-way power driving seats.

A 2.0L turbo with an 8-speed transmission is available in the LT and Premier models as well, starting at $29,495 and $31,795 respectively. Malibu 2.0T models offer a GM-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

The 2016 Malibu adds several new-to-Malibu safety technologies including Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking. Teen Driver – available on LT and standard on Premier trims – helps support safe driving habits by muting the audio or any device paired with the vehicle when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their seat belts. It is also the first in-vehicle system in the industry that lets parents view information on how their teenagers drove the vehicle, which can be a teaching tool to reinforce safe driving habits.

Longer and lighter, the new Malibu offers more rear interior space than the current model. Its wheelbase has been stretched nearly four inches, and it is nearly 300 pounds lighter than the previous model, to assist with handling and fuel economy.

The 2016 Malibu reaches an exceptional level of fuel efficiency with an all-new, available hybrid powertrain that uses technology from the Chevrolet Volt. It helps offer a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway – and 47 mpg combined, which is unsurpassed in the segment. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

Pricing for the Malibu Hybrid will be announced closer to its start of production in spring 2016.

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