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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid sits in the upper third of our midsize car rankings. It features intuitive technology, a roomy, comfortable cabin, and tremendous fuel economy, but its trunk is smaller than those of most rival hybrids.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Top-notch reliability rating
  • Spacious seating
  • Easy-to-use technology


  • Noisy engine
  • Undersized trunk





Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is a good midsize car. It has a great reliability score and excellent fuel economy, and passengers will enjoy its expansive cabin and convenient amenities. That said, some competitors have quieter engines and additional trunk space.

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How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

Expect to spend roughly $17,800 for a used 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid. Prices vary based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid's estimated five-year cost for gasoline, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is roughly $19,580 – or about $3,920 per year. In comparison, the nonhybrid 2016 Malibu will cost about $22,800 to maintain over the same time period. The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2016 Chevy Volt will cost around $19,380 and $16,600, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Malibu Hybrid?

There are few differences between the 2016 and 2018 Malibu Hybrid. This means that purchasing a used model instead of buying new will get you a similar vehicle at a cheaper price.

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You won't find a comparable new car that costs about the same as an average 2016 Malibu Hybrid. However, if you're willing to pay the price, consider the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The Ioniq Hybrid features a slightly smaller passenger area than the Malibu Hybrid, but it offers more trunk space and is even more fuel-efficient. In addition, the Hyundai doesn't have a noisy engine, and it comes with just as many features as the Chevrolet. You'll have to spend roughly $4,400 more for this compact car, but you can lower this price gap by searching our Hyundai Deals page for incentives on the Ioniq.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. The gas-only 2016 Malibu has the same score, while the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2016 Chevy Volt have scores of three and 3.5, respectively.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Recalls

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid has one safety recall. The manual service disconnect switch – a high-voltage switch for the battery – could disconnect while driving and stall the vehicle. Before purchasing a used Malibu Hybrid, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Is Best?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid marks the start of the current generation, so previous model years are significantly different. In fact, the Malibu Hybrid underwent an extensive hiatus until the 2016 model year. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid gets a similar overall score to the 2017 Malibu Hybrid, and it'll cost you less. Therefore, the 2016 model is your best bet.

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Which Used Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid comes in one trim with three available packages (the Convenience and Technology package, the Leather package, and the Driver Confidence package). If you want to remotely start your car, wirelessly charge your phone, or keep an eye on how other people drive your car, you’ll want the Convenience and Technology package. The Leather package ups the ante on luxury by adding heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and leather upholstery. For some of the latest advanced safety features, opt for the Driver Confidence package.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Malibu Hybrid?

With admirable safety scores, the Malibu Hybrid makes an excellent choice as a family sedan. It earned a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall rating. Many others in the class also earn excellent marks.

A rearview camera comes standard in the Malibu Hybrid. For plenty of advanced safety features, look for a model with the Driver Confidence package. It adds driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and front and rear parking sensors. You’ll also get some of the latest safety features, like forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic braking, and a following distance indicator.

For more on these features, check out Today's High-Tech Car Safety Features and What They Do.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2016 Chevrolet Malibu?

The primary differences between the Malibu Hybrid and the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are fuel efficiency and cost. The hybrid version has higher initial costs, but it will save you about $500 annually at the pump. This means it would only take you roughly four years to recuperate the higher cost of purchasing a hybrid model over a gas-only Malibu. Keep in mind, however, that the nonhybrid Malibu features a roomier trunk and two engine options that are peppier than the Malibu Hybrid's lone four-cylinder. These midsize sedans are neck-and-neck in our rankings, so choosing between the two will come down to your personal preferences.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

If you're looking for an athletic midsize hybrid, you might like the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid has sportier handling than most hybrids, and although its brakes are grabby, it delivers smooth transitions between gas and electric power. That said, most shoppers will prefer the Malibu Hybrid. For one, the Chevy gets better fuel economy estimates. On top of that, it comes with a lot more standard features, like push-button start, a power-adjustable driver's seat, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It's the superior choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2016 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid that sits in the smaller compact car class. It delivers an electric-only range of 53 miles, and its gas engine kicks in when its battery is depleted. The Volt also has livelier acceleration and sharper handling than most hybrids. However, the Malibu Hybrid has superior gas mileage estimates, a better reliability score, and more passenger and cargo space. The Malibu Hybrid will also cost you less up front. You can't go wrong with the Volt, but the Malibu Hybrid is a better value.

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2016 Malibu Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Malibu Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to make 182 horsepower. The Malibu Hybrid delivers practically unnoticeable transitions between power sources. It engine can be loud under hard acceleration – though the noise is more prevalent outside the car than inside.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid gets 47 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway, which is outstanding for the class. Comparatively, the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid gets 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, and the 2016 Chevy Volt gets 42 mpg in combined city/highway driving. The nonhybrid 2016 Chevy Malibu delivers 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Malibu Hybrid Seat?

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid seats five. The front seats are comfortable, and taller adults will have plenty of legroom in the back. That said, the Malibu Hybrid's low roofline in the rear leads to tight headroom and limited visibility in blind spots. Thanks to a low dashboard, forward visibility is great.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Malibu Hybrid's rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The upper tethers are easy to locate, but the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats and require a lot of force to use.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Features

Standard features include Chevy's MyLink Radio with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a USB port, and push-button start. The audio and climate controls are easy to use. Models that have the Convenience and Technology package feature remote start, wireless device charging, and the upgraded Chevrolet MyLink system with an 8-inch display. This package also comes with Teen Driver, a handy tool for parents who want to keep an eye on the driving habits of their newly licensed son or daughter.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Dimensions

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid features 11.6 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is small next to most affordable midsize cars – including hybrid models. This Chevy's rear seats fold, but the pass-through is partially blocked by the battery pack.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is about 16.2 feet long, and its curb weight is 3,457 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Built?

The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid was built in Kansas City, Kansas.

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