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2015 Chevrolet Malibu Preview

Pros: The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu attracts value and confidence-minded shoppers with the use of clean styling, modern technologies and plenty of fuel-saving measures. Packing more content into this leading model than ever before will help cement the Malibu’s position in its marketplace, where it competes against models like the Accord, Camry, Mazda6, Fusion, and Altima.

Cons: Though packed with highly-relevant feature content, Malibu isn’t available with AWD technology, which is increasing in popularity. Some shoppers after an up-powered model may shy away from the optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, possibly opting for a model with a more conventional V6. 

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing: Pricing for the Malibu starts at $25,040 for the entry-level LS model, while various ‘LT’ grade models are priced between $26,840 and $30,320. The top-grade LTZ models start at $33,100. Various standalone features, packages and accessories provide further opportunity for shoppers to customize the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu to their exact tastes. 

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy: Look for fuel consumption to land at a combined rating of 9.8L/100km in models powered by the 2.0L turbo engine, and just 8.0L/100km with the standard powerplant. 

Improvements and Changes: Chevrolet added 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability to make the Malibu the hotspot that keeps you connected.

Powertrain: The 2015 Malibu uses a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder ECOTEC engine that produces 196 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Looking for more gusto? Check out the optional 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged ECOTEC, which generates 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Cargo Capacity: The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu's trunk can hold up to 462 litres of gear, which is a fairly generous amount in the midsize segment. 

Safety: Standard equipment includes stability and traction control, OnStar assistance, and ten airbags. Some of the higher trim levels stand out with forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

Comparing the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu: The midsize sedan segment is rife with compelling alternatives including the Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.