2016 Chevrolet Malibu: Car Seat Check

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
Cars.com photos by Angela Conners

CARS.COM -- Chevrolet redesigned its midsize sedan to try to grab a bite of the family-car pie from top sellers, the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. Where child-safety seats are concerned, the 2016 Malibu is a hit; with more than an inch of additional rear legroom as well as easy-to-access Latch anchors and plenty of room means this sedan almost aced our Car Seat Check.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

What We Like

  • There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats, and they're easily accessible behind large slits in the leather seat cushions.
  • Both the rear-facing infant seat and convertible installed easily and had ample room.
  • The forward-facing convertible fit well, but it can be a little tricky to connect to the top tether anchor on the rear shelf because space is tight. Threading the anchor under the head restraint is the best access point.

What We Don't

  • The booster fit well on the wide, flat seat, but the seat belt buckle is recessed into the seat cushion. It sits really close to the booster base, making it hard to buckle up.

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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row. 

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-6 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer