2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Pros: Ample power from turbocharged 4-cylinder powertrain; impressively quiet cabin; nice ride and handling balance

Cons: Subpar rear-seat space; uninspiring handling; some dashboard-layout issues

CG Says: After its redesign for 2013 and a significant freshening for 2014, the Chevrolet Malibu sees just one change of note for 2015: the addition of 4G LTE Internet connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot to the OnStar communications system. Malibu is dynamically as good as or better than most competitors, and it ranks at or near the top of the class for ride quality, refinement, quietness, and interior design. The main weak spot is rear legroom–despite Chevrolet’s efforts to improve it last year. Malibus with the smooth 2.5-liter engine deliver decent performance; the very refined turbo adds substantial muscle but doesn’t feel significantly sportier overall. This car is a solid effort, but it faces a class full of strong competitors. Malibu deserves a serious look, but be sure to check out the other midsize sedans too.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LS: $22,340
1LT: $23,610
2LT: $25,470
3LT w/ Turbo: $27,005
LTZ: $28,195
LTZ w/ Turbo: $30,355

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
196
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36

Optional Engine
Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
259
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu