Chevy Malibu, a mid-size 4-door sedan was first introduced to the market in 1964 and was initially discontinued 20 years later. Its production restarted in 1997, but newer generation Malibu’s were never as good or versatile as those first few were, until now, that is. In 2013, Malibu entered its eight generation and got all-new design and concept that is supposed to return it to the path of old glory and that is something we expect to see with introduction of 2015 Chevrolet Malibu model.
This 2015 model, same as 2014 version will be available in seven trim levels, spanning from LS, over 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 1LTZ, all the way to 2LTZ and Eco trim levels. Powertrain comes with two options in 2.5L I4 engine that gives 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and 2.0L Turbocharged I4 that develops 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Eco model is actually hybrid and comes with 2.4L I4 hybrid gas/electric powertrain that develops 182 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to front wheels on all models and all of them also come with 6-speed automatic transmission.
2015 Chevrolet Malibu Specs
The 2014 model is a carryover from last year and nothing has been drastically changed besides a few differences in front end fascia and on the inside. It can safely be expected that this trend will continue. Front end now has a slightly bigger grille and that is basically all. It still has down facing nose that gives the feeling that rear end is much higher. It has a sweeping roofline that falls back and rear end that finishes with angular tail-lights.
Interior has soft-touch materials and strongly emphasizes on technology. Dashboard is made of quality hard plastics and center console is huge which gives Chevy’s standard twin-cockpit design to the cabin. Most of models come with Chevrolet MyLink system that is offered with 7-inch color touch-screen display and ability to connect with your smartphone. It also allows voice control, streaming radio, navigation and many more features. One thing that stands out as disadvantage is rear passenger’s legroom. Even though this category was upgraded in 2014 year’s model, it still isn’t enough because Malibu has shorter wheelbase than average sedan does. This will be one of the priorities for 2015 Malibu. Safety comes with 10 airbags on all models, LATCH, stability control system, optional rear vision camera and more.
The LS, 1LT, 2LT and 1LTZ trims return fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with 2.5 liter inline four cylinder engine. The 3LT and 2LTZ on the other hand have turbocharged units that consume more and will take you up to 21/30 mpg. Hybrid Eco has same numbers as 2.5L engine which is much less than average hybrid sedan has. These numbers will remain the same since no new engine options will be available.
Review Of 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
Entry LS trim costs $22,340 and 2LTZ-s prices start from $29,950. These are solid prices considering all the features and technologically advanced packages that Malibu gives. Prices for 2015 version of Malibu will be the same as they are now, while 2014 model will become a bit cheaper.
The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu will not have any significant advantages over competitors, but it will not fall behind as well, at least not any more. It is now (and will be in the future) very well made and designed sedan that borders on entry trim of many a luxury vehicles.