2016 Chevrolet Malibu

#1 in 2016 Affordable Midsize Cars Overall Score: 8.9 / 10
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has an accommodating cabin, a smooth ride, and a long list of available safety tech. It also has one of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class.











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Pros & Cons

  • Cushioned ride
  • Spacious cabin
  • Outstanding predicted reliability
  • Plenty of available advanced safety features
  • Low-rent, poorly equipped base trim
  • Large blind spots

Notable for 2016

  • Completely redesigned

Chevrolet Malibu Rankings and Research

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Malibu has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.9
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_5

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Review

By Carter MacLeod June 27, 2017

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has an accommodating cabin, a smooth ride, and a long list of available safety tech. It also has one of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class.

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu a Good Used Car?

With the best combination of interior space, safety and reliability ratings, and available family-friendly features in its class, the Malibu earned our 2016 Best Midsize Car for Families award. However, the base model lacks the features and material quality of the pricier trims.

Used 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Performance and Interior

The Malibu's standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides adequate power for passing and merging on the highway, but its acceleration from a stop is plagued by initial sluggishness. An available 2.0-liter turbo-four makes the Malibu much peppier, but it can’t match the power of the V6 engines available in rival midsize cars. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with the base engine, and an eight-speed automatic accompanies the larger engine. Expect fuel economy of 22-27 mpg in the city and 32-36 mpg on the highway. While those are good ratings, the Malibu Hybrid gets even better numbers. The Malibu has a smooth ride, even over rough pavement. Its accurate steering and limited body lean help it feel secure around turns.

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Inside, the five-seat Chevrolet Malibu offers roomy and comfortable seating in both rows, which most people expect from a family sedan. Cloth upholstery is standard, but upper trims offer leather. Power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats are also available. Upper trims use high-end materials, but lower trims look and feel cheap inside. While it’s easy to see what’s in front of you, poor rearward visibility makes changing lanes a pain. Available blind spot monitoring mitigates this issue. The Malibu has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

Aside from poor interior quality, another drawback of the base model is its lack of standard features. You get push-button start and a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary port. Upper trims and options packages add more features. The MyLink touch-screen infotainment system is standard in the Malibu LS and above, and it’s worth getting. Smartphone users will appreciate its Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Although the system can sometimes be slow to respond, it is intuitive and easy to control. Other notable available amenities include wireless smartphone charging and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Used 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Prices

The average price of a used 2016 Chevy Malibu ranges from about $18,000 for a base model L trim to around $25,800 for a Premier trim. Exact prices vary depending on the model’s features, condition, location, and mileage.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We don’t base our advice on our personal opinions. Instead, we compile an array of other professional reviews, reliability and safety scores, and total ownership costs to make our recommendations.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade. Our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. For the sake of objectivity, we don't accept lavish presents or trips from automakers, and an outside team handles our advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has an outstanding reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This is a much higher score than most other midsize cars receive.

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How Safe Is the Malibu?

Safety is also a high point for the 2016 Chevy Malibu. It earned a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+.

Like some others in its class, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu offers loads of advanced safety features. LS models come with a rearview camera, and models with the Driver Confidence Package include low-speed front automatic braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision alert. You’ll also get front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert with lane keep assist, and a following distance indicator. Premier models with the Driver Confidence Package II add even more safety features, like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and parking assist. For more on these features, check out Today's High-Tech Car Safety Features and What They Do.

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Should I Consider Another Used Malibu?

The 2016 model year marks the first year of the Malibu’s ninth generation, which includes the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The 2017 Malibu has similar features to the 2016 version, but it typically costs more than a comparable used model. 

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Which Used Chevrolet Malibu Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes in five trims: L, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and Premier. Among them, the 2LT offers the best value. It comes with an upgraded engine that gives you all the power you need. You’ll also get a power-adjustable driver’s seat, the MyLink infotainment system, remote start, wireless device charging, and a number of advanced safety features, including blind spot monitoring and low-speed front automatic braking.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned Malibu. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. 

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu or 2016 Toyota Camry?

Both the Toyota Camry and the Malibu offer top-notch reliability ratings, plenty of available advanced safety features, a comfortable ride, and predictable handling. The Malibu is slightly more engaging to drive – though it’s no Lamborghini. Unlike the Camry, the Malibu offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in some models. However, the Camry serves up more standard features in its base trim, like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. If you’re looking at getting a base trim, go with the Camry. Otherwise, the Malibu’s upper trims are more worth your money.

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

If you’re looking for a midsize car with a bit more excitement, consider the Ford Fusion over the Malibu. The Fusion’s sporty handling and lively available turbocharged engines make it fun out on the road. Unlike the Malibu, the Fusion is available with all-wheel drive. The Fusion’s interior styling has more pizazz, but its infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly as Chevy’s MyLink system. Also, the Ford Fusion’s predicted reliability rating can’t match the Malibu’s score.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu or 2016 Hyundai Sonata?

The Hyundai Sonata offers more standard features than most midsize cars, which makes it a better choice if you’re considering lower trims of the Malibu. Interior quality is a high point for all Sonata trims, in contrast with the low-rent materials used in the base Malibu. Unlike the Malibu, every Sonata comes with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. The Sonata’s infotainment system is one of the best in the class, with none of the occasional lag of the Malibu’s system.

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