The present era Malibu is now about four years previous already. And it nonetheless is an excellent trying sedan.
An enormous enchancment over the earlier era…
The “sporty” RS package deal advertisements nice trying 18-inch wheels. A moderately properly built-in rear spoiler. And a blacked out grille.
The entire thing appears to be like fairly good and moderately upscale.
That previous style Chevrolet emblem additionally appears to be like 100 instances higher in black.
However even with the RS package deal, the steering wheel emblem looking at you the entire time continues to be the identical previous cheezy gold…
Which is basically too unhealthy.
In any other case, the inside may be very good. Every little thing feels stable and properly put collectively.
(Too unhealthy the one colour alternative on the RS is black.)
However it’s refreshing to see material and never leather-based.
The seats are very snug. I like the material end on the sprint.
Even at about $24 000, it comes with an influence driver seat. An Eight-inch display screen.
And a surprisingly glorious sound system. (however no satellite tv for pc radio)
Sadly, it doe not include any new security system like computerized breaking, facet view warning, and many others.
Which, I believe is an enormous mistake from GM.
As most new vehicles do lately. (Even a base Civic has all that stuff…)
The again seat is surprisingly roomy.
However very fundamental. With no middle armrest.
Driving this Malibu RS proper after the Civic Coupe Turbo, I could not assist however evaluating the 2.
Despite the fact that I do not suppose anybody would ever be cross purchasing these two vehicles.
However they each got here with a 1.5 Liter Turbo and a CVT. So why not…
The GM 1.5 Liter is each smoother and quieter than the Honda engine. Which was stunning.
And so is the CVT.
Not one of the droning I stored listening to within the Civic. The Malibu is simply at all times very quiet.
And about as quick because the Civic.
Being a bigger sedan, the journey is far nicer than the Civic coupe as properly. This can be a very clean, nice driving automobile.
All the time very snug and really quiet.
The steering may be very mild however very correct. And actually, the entire thing is a pleasure to drive.
However nothing in regards to the “RS” is sporty.
It does look extra upscale than the bottom mannequin.
The Malibu is only a very clean snug automobile. However a minimum of with the 1.5 Liter, not a sporty one by any means. Even with the RS possibility.
It’s a very sincere, easy four door mid-sized sedan.
I believe its fundamental drawback is that it exists in the identical world as a base Honda Accord LX.
I’ve not pushed the Accord with the 1.5 Liter. ( Hopefully is it quieter than the Civic with the identical engine.)
However the Accord has one of many nicest steering really feel in its class.
It additionally looks like a tank. And comes commonplace with Honda Sensing. Which features a complete suite of driver help gadgets. And a alternative of inside colours.
All for about $1100 lower than this Malibu RS.
The Malibu RS is rated at 29/36MPG.
I truthfully do not suppose it’s doable to get 29 round city. However I bought 26MPG which is okay for such a roomy automobile.
My common on the FWY was 36 to 38MPG.
I want GM would come with extra security gadgets within the Malibu. Simply because the competitors does.
This can be a nice household automobile, however most potential patrons do their homework now.
And I do know that many would instantly dismiss the Malibu due to fo that.
That is largely an issue for the bottom and RS. in the event you step as much as the LT model, 2 “driver confidence” packages can be found. However they’re nonetheless choices (About $500 every)
Right here is every part you have to know in regards to the Malibu RS value and options.
Once more, a really good automobile. However missing in some security tools that the majority patrons anticipate lately.
One thing GM may very simply repair in the event that they needed.
I discussed the Accord LX which prices lower than this Malibu RS. However lets’ not overlook the Accord Hybrid.
Which prices solely about $1000 greater than the RS.
For that $1000, you get an excellent quieter, faster automobile.
And one that can get 48 to 50MPG on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter what.
Which might be my alternative…