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.
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2015 Chevrolet Malibu Overview
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:
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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