Is there a 2016 Malibu LWB!? That back seat was our main reservation in recommending the current car to anyone, even the 5.9-second turbo. The current cabin is unbelievably small and uncomfortable compared with Camry, Legacy, Accord and Mazda6. The materials and exterior style are also fairly blah for the current model.
Chevy knows all this by heart. They have heard it exhaustively from shoppers over the last few years. Well, they have listened and taken action!
Outside, the Malibu is all-new with a design that is a cool and fresh blend of Camaro and Impala. There is a dash of Infiniti Q50 in the rear three-quarter angle as well. It really does look pretty cool — which is the first time Malibu and cool have gone together since the 1960s.
Inside, an all-new dash layout is much more premium and helps the car feel wider and roomier as well.
The back seat takes most of the additional four inches in wheelbase — helping to deliver a much comfier experience back there overall. The seat base is longer, the backrest is more reclined, and there is amble leg, knee and toe room that is all missing on the current car.
Three powertrains are on the table: a new 1.5-liter turbo four making 160HP as the base model, a 2.0T engine making around 250HP and a Hybrid coming somewhere in between.
Impressive stuff from Chevy here. Makes the Ford Fusion seem ancient by comparison, and raises the stakes on the Chrysler 200’s small back seat as well.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu