The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu represents a radical makeover for one of General Motors' most important models. A look at what critics and others are saying about the midsize sedan with its debut this week at the New York auto show.
"Dwarfed by more daring and handsome midsize sedans, the most notable improvement on the Malibu comes from the efficient engine offerings. The base powerplant is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission that gets 37 miles per gallon on the highway. The car also has an optional 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that gets 33 miles per gallon on the highway. But the Malibu hybrid, which is based on the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt's propulsion system, gets 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined, according to GM President Dan Ammann. Car shoppers can't afford to overlook the Malibu with those specs."
-- The Chicago Tribune
"GM engineers say new midsize car underpinnings will enable the Malibu to handle better than the more expensive Buick Regal, which recently bested the BMW 3 Series to win top sports sedan honors from Consumer Reports."
-- Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
"The exterior design of the sedan has been given special attention with sleek, sweeping lines and subtle surface details meant to entertain the eye. The Malibu will still be unmistakably a Chevy from the front, with the new grille design borrowing its cues from the larger Impala sedan."
-- Jay Ramey, Autoweek