If pushed, I’ll admit that the Chevrolet Malibu (which I drove this week from Ed Bozarth Mark Miller Chevrolet Buick), is difficult to write about. It fits right in the middle of just about everything, which isn’t a bad place to be (it’s where most of us are, statistically, anyway, except my readers, who rank as some of the most intelligent, discerning and, frankly, attractive people, by my limited polling).
What it is is a decent driving mid-size vehicle that gets respectable mileage for the drive it pushes out. It rates much better than even some small cars at MPG, but with the 1.5 L Turbo, it keeps a friendly power behind the pedal, especially at cruising speeds and higher.
It does have a certain aesthetic flair to it, without being something you’d say is flashy. I particularly liked the chrome accents and the iridescent paint on the model I drove.
In many ways, it had the feel of a luxury vehicle. The polish and texture of the interioror, which was bathed in rich black leather reminded me of much more expensive vehicles. Inside it had thde Chevy swoops, but still layered in lots of pockets and cubbyholes for storage (in the doors, in the console and more).
While layering in moder technology like a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, it keeps some more familiar elements like needle-gauges around the trip/maintenance computer screen. If you like your vehicle more analog than digital, the learning curve isn’t as steep with this model.
It does have elements that keep you on track and safe. This LT comes with the Driver Confidence Package, which adds rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert and lane change alert with side blind zone alert. I’m not saying you’re a bad driver, mind you, just that these are handy features that everyone can use.
The dual-zone climate control is another luxury feature that’s made its way into the Malibu, creating a comfortable vehicle for both driver and passenger.
Ordinarily, if I see leather and features that require a sensor (like the park assist and lane change alerts, I start fearing for the price tag. Thankfully, I wasn’t as frigtened by the Malibu’s MSRP as I might have been.
The Chevrolet Malibu has been a mainstay vehicle on the roads of America since its first introduction in the mid-sixties, in a multitude of forms and trims. There’s a reason that people keep coming back, you can get a taste of it for yourself at Ed Bozarth Mark Miller Chevrolet Buick.