The Chevrolet Malibu has never been our favorite midsize car. It finished midpack in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge last year, ranking fifth out of 10 cars. That’s a respectable result and a good indicator of how Malibu has done in the market: OK, but not great. Well, Chevrolet is done with settling for mediocrity and has finally stepped up with an all-new 2016 Malibu that aims to rise to the top of the midsize segment.
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It starts with the exterior styling, which loses the previous model’s bland awkwardness for exactly what you’d expect a baby Impala to look like. This isn’t a bad thing at all; its low headlights with clamshell-hood cut and Corvette-inspired taillights make it look much more distinctive than anything from Subaru or Hyundai.