2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    196-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quiet cabin
  • MyLink multimedia system available
  • Front seat comfort
  • Large trunk

The Bad

  • Average mileage
  • Quality of interior materials

Notable Features of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder with stop-start technology standard
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder available
  • Six-speed automatic standard

What Is the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan that seats five. The 2015 Malibu comes in six trim levels: LS, LT1, LT2, LT3, LTZ1 and LTZ2. It competes with mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.

What's New on the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu?

The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned in 2013 and had significant updates added in 2014, so not much is new for 2015 other than 4G LTE internet connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot for the OnStar communication system. This includes a three-month/3-gigabyte data trial before a subscription is required.

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu Compare to Other Mid-Size Sedans?

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu starts at a competitive price, with performance specs and fuel economy ratings on par with competitors like the Accord, Camry and Sonata. Its safety features are a highlight, as are its general technology offerings. It lags competitors like the Accord, Sonata and Fusion when it comes to handling and interior material quality.

What Features in the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu Are Most Important?

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu comes standard with front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission and a 196-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with stop-start technology. It's also available with a 259-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The Malibu comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels and a 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. Steering-wheel controls for cruise control and stereo funcitons are also standard. Available on higher trims are 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, a power sunroof, heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a MyLink entertainment system with USB connectivity and Bluetooth streaming.

As is required in every new car, the 2015 Malibu comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. An OnStar emergency communication system with a six-month trial subscription is included. The Malibu also comes standard with 10 airbags. Available safety features include a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a backup camera, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Should I Buy the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu?

If you're looking for a mid-size sedan that's comfortable for drivers and passengers alike, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is worth a drive. Its quiet cabin, available safety features and available MyLink multimedia system make for enjoyable travel. If you prioritize handling and interior material quality, other sedans are more likely to meet your needs.

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

It could be less money

by Ssponseller from Memphis Mo on September 11, 2018

It?s easy driving very reliable owned a 2008 and both are about the same. Outside looks sharp on both vehicles. Would definitely buy again. Very comfortable would be comfortable on a long trip. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car we have ever owned.

by KayeF from Beavercreek, OH on August 19, 2018

This car meets all of our needs. The car is very spacious an an car for the price. Me an my husband are in love with this car. Well definetly be taking turns on who gets to drive it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Malibu received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker