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Malibu
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Christian Gulliksen
Senior Automotive Editor - June 18, 2014

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4.0 (Excellent)
MPG
24 City / 34 Highway

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu OVERVIEW

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.

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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:

LS

Like most entry-level LS models from Chevrolet, the LS offers basic amenities like air conditioning, power windows and cruise control, along with Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones. While the other trim levels have access to plenty of optional equipment, an LS does not.

1LT

Only slightly more expensive than the LS is a 1LT with added amenities like Bluetooth audio streaming, MyLink with a 7-inch screen, heated outside mirrors and upgraded cloth upholstery.

2LT

With the 2LT, the Malibu gains luxuries like dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and eight-way power adjustment for the driver's seat.

3LT

The only difference between a 2LT and a 3LT is the latter's turbocharged 2-liter engine.

1LTZ

Although a premium-level Malibu, the 1LTZ features the normally aspirated 2.5-liter engine. It gains leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and 18-inch wheels.

2LTZ

The ultimate Malibu has the turbocharged engine and also adds a sunroof.

CarsDirect Tip

We almost always recommend passing on Chevrolets in base-level LS trim, and that's true here, too. The LT models represent the best value, but so do the LTZ models if you think of them as alternatives to more expensive near-luxury brands.

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