We finally know how much Chevrolet is asking for its all-new 2016 Malibu, and Chevy is quick to point out it’s less than what you’ll pay for a Camry, Accord, Fusion or Altima. It’ll start at $22,500 and that’s for the L model. There are also LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier trim levels.
“We’ve continued our focus on delivering on the highest levels of quality, as evidenced by recent recognitions from J.D. Power on initial quality and long-term dependability,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet cars and crossovers. “The 2016 Malibu is engineered and priced to give customers impressive value and technology that’s hard to compete with.”
The 2016 Malibu is 300 pounds lighters than the current model and roomier inside. Standard equipment on the 2016 model includes 10 airbags, cruise control, push-button start with passive entry and fuel-saving stop/start technology on the base 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.
The LS model, starting at $23,995, includes standard Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, available compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a rear vision camera.
Move up to the LT model and you’ll shell out $25,895. General Motors estimates it’ll give you 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway miles, when equipped with the Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with stop/start. But official EPA estimates aren’t available yet. Also, the LT model adds LED daytime running lamps and 8-way power driving seats.
A 2.0L turbo with an 8-speed transmission is available in the LT and Premier models as well, starting at $29,495 and $31,795 respectively. You’ll get better gas mileage, too. The Malibu 2.0T models offer a GM-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.
As far as safety goes, Chevy is adding a few new tech features into the mix. They include Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking. For parents, there is also a Teen Driver function available on LT and standard on Premier trims. Basically it will mute audio and devices paired with vehicles if occupants aren’t wearing their seat belts. It also allows parents to check up on their teen by giving them info on how they drove the vehicle.
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