The standard powertrain for most of the Malibu lineup in 2015 is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has direct injection and overhead cams, with stop/start technology. It makes 196 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque on regular-grade gas. The premium engine is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder which makes 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. It is also mated to a 6-speed automatic. Both engines return relatively good fuel economy, with the 2.5L achieving up to 36 mpg on the highway.
The 2015 Malibu comes in a full range of trims, including basic LS, mid-range LT and top-of-the-line LTZ. Remote keyless entry, cruise control and tilt/telescopic steering adjustment are among many standard features at the base LS level, while LT models include upgraded wheels, Bluetooth, projector headlamps plus optional step-up packages that include heated seats and remote start. The LTZ includes more luxurious dress-ups, heated side mirrors, power leather seats and automatic climate control. LT and LTZ trims include MyLink, a touch-screen-based system that serves as a hub for hands-free connectivity with smartphones, or media players connected by USB cable. It has integrated applications for Pandora and Stitcher internet radio services. Available on all Malibu trims via OnStar is 4G LTE WiFi, which turns the car in to a hotspot.
Across the model line, the Malibu gets a swoopy dual-cockpit interior design, with quality materials; its exterior design also fits in with other Chevy models like the Camaro and Cruze. One of the design highlights of the interior is a radio face that swivels outward, then up and in, to reveal a large storage space behind.
There are eight standard airbags on all 2015 Malibu models, and separate rear thorax bags will also be optional. A safety package is available, featuring a blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic detection and forward collision alert. A rear view camera is also available.
Fresh, Contemporary Styling
MyLink And 4G LTE Connectivity
Improved Ride And Handling
Following a redesign in 2013 and several updates last year, the Chevrolet Malibu sees only minor changes for 2015. Among them, the battery-assisted Malibu Eco trim is discontinued, while OnStar now features 4G LTE connectivity, allowing the Malibu to serve as a WiFi hotspot.
The 2015 Malibu competes with mid-size 4-door sedans such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. With its 2013 redesign, and even more so with the new 4G LTE connectivity, the Malibu is being reconfigured more toward busy, always-connected parents and those who place a priority on fuel efficiency.
For that, at somewhat less than the Camry Hybrid or Fusion Hybrid, the Malibu stands out as a strong value -- especially for those who plan to do more mileage on the highway.
The Malibu should also hit the mark for shoppers who want a fresh design, as well as those who need to stay connected. Design-wise, the Malibu looks up-to-date with the rest of the Chevrolet lineup. And with the standard MyLink system, drivers can get simple hands-free calling functions as well as entertainment through streaming-audio apps.
Engine, ECOTEC 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder DI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and intake Variable Valve Lift (iVVL) and NEW auto stop/start (196 hp [146.2 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [257.9 N-m] 4400 rpm)
Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive
Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance with FNC rotors
Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) aluminum
Tires, P215/60R16 all-season, blackwall
Wheel, spare, not desired
Tire, spare, not desired
Tire sealant and inflator kit
Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
Headlamps, projector type
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable with integrated turn signals, body-color
Glass, solar absorbing
Window trim, bright, side
Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack (Includes (UDY) 7" diagonal color touch-screen display.)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
Audio system feature, USB port located in center console
Audio system feature, display, 7" diagonal, touch-screen, color located on center stack, rotates upward for storage behind
Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones
Chevrolet MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for phone, music and radio; Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatible; Gracenote (Playlist+, Album Art); software updatable for radio software and Gracenote database (Included with (UFU) AM/FM stereo with CD player.)
Gracenote database (Playlist+, Album Art)
Voice recognition for phone, music and radio
Seats, front bucket
Trim, seat, Premium Cloth
Seat adjuster, driver, 4-way manual, 2-way power vertical
Seat adjuster, front passenger, 4-way manual
Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), front
Seat, rear, 60/40 split-folding
Armrest, center, rear with cup holders
Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
Steering wheel, 3-spoke
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature and fuel gauge
Driver Information Center, color display includes trip/fuel information, vehicle information and vehicle messages
Windows, power with Express-Down on all
Door and window locks, rear child security
Remote Keyless Entry includes panic alarm button
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Trunk release, power located in CHMSL decklid, push button open on key fob
Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
Air conditioning with humidity sensor
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary 1 in integrated center stack, 1 in center console
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Storage, innovative hidden storage behind 7" diagonal touch screen, large storage in front and rear door panels, and console storage
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
Lighting, interior with theater dimming and delayed entry/exit
Lighting, Ice Blue ambient lighting, instrument panel, shifter and front door handles
Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
Coat hooks, driver- and passenger-side rear
Dead pedal, driver
Brake Assist, panic
Braking control, ECM grade
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
OnStar Directions and Connections plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
OnStar with 4G LTE provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds (Included and only available with (UE1) OnStar. Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service available in select markets. 4G LTE performance based on industry averages and vehicle systems design. Some services require data plan.)
Safety belts, 3-point, all positions
Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
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