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Malibu Limited
James Flammang
Contributing Editor - January 4, 2016

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
24 City / 34 Highway

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited OVERVIEW

When Chevrolet redesigned the midsize Malibu sedan for 2016, one question remained: what to do about the prior-generation Malibu, which had long been a familiar contender in its class. Rather than drop the previous version, as most automakers do, Chevrolet chose to keep it in the lineup for a while, now dubbed the Malibu Limited. GM has taken this path before, tacking a “Limited” suffix onto still-available cars from the prior generation. Both the new Malibu and its predecessor slot between two popular Chevrolet siblings: the compact Cruze and the full-size Impala sedan.

What's New for 2016

The regular 2016 Malibu has been totally redesigned, but the Malibu Limited is a little-changed carryover from the previous generation.

Chevrolet Malibu Limited

Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu Limited

Only one engine is available in the Malibu Limited: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. Teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission, it's rated for an impressive 36 mpg highway. The turbocharged engine available in 2015 has been discontinued.

The carryover Malibu Limited comes in three trim levels:


Like most entry-level LS models from Chevrolet, the Malibu Limited LS comes with basic amenities such as air conditioning, power windows/locks, power mirrors, cloth upholstery, a tilt/telescopic steering column, six-speaker audio system, and cruise control. Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones is standard, and aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires.


Not much more expensive than an LS is the midlevel LT with such added amenities as touchscreen functionality, voice-activated controls, USB port, Radio Data System (RDS) display, heated outside mirrors, automatic projector headlights, carpeting, and door-panel trim. Turn-signal indicators are integrated into the heated power outside mirrors.


As expected, the premium-level Malibu Limited carries a premium price, but adds such features as leather upholstery, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, foglamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, pushbutton start, remote start, and 18-inch wheels.

Only a handful of individual options and option packages are available for Malibu Limited models. Navigation is offered only for LTZ trim, and a sunroof for LT or LTZ.

CarsDirect Tip

As a rule, we advise passing on Chevrolets in base-level LS trim, recommending a midlevel model instead. That’s not quite true anymore. Best values are the base LS and top LTZ, even though the latter costs almost $6,000 more. The LT isn’t much more costly than an LS, but it doesn’t add much in the way of equipment.

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