Squeezed between two popular siblings—the compact Cruze and the full-size Impala—the midsize Malibu might feel like the proverbial middle child. But Chevrolet has been making gradual updates that make the Malibu a compelling option, even in the hyper-competitive family sedan market.
What's New for 2015
The Malibu was redesigned for 2013 and addressed some complaints in a minor refresh in 2014. Changes this year are minor.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu
The most important decision a Malibu buyer makes is trim level—this determines features, of course, but also which of two engines will provide power:
- The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 196 horsepower. Mated to six-speed automatic transmission, it's rated for an impressive 36 mpg highway. This is the engine most Malibu trim levels receive.
- Available only on certain upper-tier models is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that generates 259 horsepower and returns 30 mpg highway.
The Malibu offers six trim levels: