Chevrolet’s Malibu is competitive among midsized sedans, with a quiet cabin and easy-to-use controls. In tests we found the sedan to be quiet, with a comfortable ride and responsive handling.
Two turbo four-cylinder engines are offered. We tested the 1.5-liter turbo with a six-speed automatic and got 29 mpg overall. The standard transmission is now a CVT. The second engine is a more powerful and refined 2.0-liter turbo mated to a nine-speed automatic. Up front is a roomy, comfortable cockpit and an updated version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. But the cloth seats are a bit short on support. The roomy rear seat lets long-legged passengers stretch out. The hybrid version has been discontinued.