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MSRP: $22,465 - $30,480
Invoice: $21,679 - $28,804
MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy
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Chevrolet Malibu Interior

According to reviewers, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu features an elegant interior design and an extremely quiet cabin. Critics are mostly impressed with the quality of the cabin materials, though a few note that out-of-reach areas feature hard plastics. The Malibu has a large trunk for the class, and test drivers say its infotainment system is easy to use. They also like its comfortable front seats, but say its rear seats lack adequate legroom for adults.

  • "The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is blessed with an unusually upscale cabin by segment standards, at least in terms of design. The dashboard's graceful curves are complemented by a tasteful smattering of metallic accents. The materials are mostly impressive as well, with ample soft-touch surfaces, though some of the buttons and stalks have a less substantial feel than we'd like." -- Edmunds
  • "Soft-touch materials abound throughout the cabin, and available Ice Blue ambient lighting adds a unique touch." -- Left Lane News
  • "The design, plus chrome accents and available leather, feel upscale for the class. At speed, the Malibu is quiet compared to its competition, and the controls and gauges are easy to use and see." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The dashboard and door materials generally feel nice and premium-ish, but there are still some rough, hard plastics on the center stack and other not-as-frequently touched areas." -- Autoblog (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a driver’s seat with power height adjustment. Available features include leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats. Automotive journalists write that the Malibu’s cabin is very quiet and its front seats are comfortable. However, they say its back seats lack adequate legroom for adults.

  • "Another shortcoming, literally, is the Malibu's limited rear legroom, an unavoidable consequence of the car's unusually compact wheelbase." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite being on the smaller end of the midsize-sedan market, the Malibu's airy interior offers plenty of room for front passengers, and rear passengers as long as they're ‘tweens’ or younger." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Relatively little road or engine noise enters into the interior thanks to the liberal use of acoustic glass and other noise-deadening materials, and the car can swallow up to 16.3 cubic feet of cargo." -- Left Lane News
  • "Headroom is no longer at a premium in the back seat, and while there is indeed now decent knee room, the Malibu still suffers from a distinct lack of legroom." -- Cars.com (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a six-speaker audio system and a new version of the subscription-based OnStar system with 4G LTE high-speed cellular data service and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required after a three-month trial). Available features include navigation, a sunroof, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system (with a 7-inch touch-screen display), a Siri Eyes Free voice-activated iPhone interface, Bluetooth audio streaming, a nine-speaker Pioneer audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and lane departure warning.

Critics like that the Malibu’s optional MyLink touch-screen infotainment system has a logical user interface and numerous high-tech features, including smartphone integration with support for apps like Stitcher and Pandora. Reviewers note that the large number of audio and climate control buttons on the Malibu’s center stack can seem overwhelming at first, but say you should be able to quickly learn where to find the controls you need.

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  • "The central control layout looks a bit intimidating at first glance, but there's a logic to it; most drivers should acclimate quickly after a few miles behind the wheel. The MyLink touchscreen interface -- standard on all but the base LS -- scores points for its intuitive menu structure, and it also provides smartphone app integration, including radio apps like Pandora and Stitcher." -- Edmunds
  • "Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is easy to use, and packed with features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All of this resides below a black plastic control panel in which no fewer than 40 buttons, knobs and switches reside. If you're looking for where all the buttons went when Buick simplified its center consoles for 2014, the answer is Chevrolet. Still, it's a more satisfying layout than Ford's touch-sensitive plastic console in the Fusion." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "On the tech front, Chevy is still offering its MyLink infotainment system with a touchscreen interface that's simple to use, with a simple setup and easy-to-locate functions." -- Autoblog (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu’s trunk measures 16.3 cubic feet, which is larger than the trunks in many affordable midsize cars, including the Mazda6, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. Reviewers agree that trunk space is sufficient in the Malibu, though some note that the lip of the trunk is higher than in other midsize cars, which could make it more difficult to load items.

  • "Trunk space is adequate, although it's a high lift to the trunk compared to other sedans in the class." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 8/22/14

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