2016 Chevrolet Malibu consumer reviews

$21,625 starting MSRP
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83% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2
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My engine light is on when my gas tank is not full because of the fuel sensor . It just hit the 5 year mark! 78k miles. Chevy wants 180.00 to look at it! This also happened to my last Malibu! My 2005 had the same problem!


The 2016 Chevy Malibu isnt a good choice vehicle

I got this car back in 2016 by 17-18 I was already taking it to the shop and I have spent a lot of money on this car. Then the mechanic tells me that the car's with the turbos on them your motor want last to 150k to 200k the engine will malfunction. I paid the car off about a month later the engine went out. And I took my car to get serviced everytime it was time to and look what that got me I feel like Chevy or GM should be held responsible for that because they should know about what the turbos do to there motors


Very Solid Purchase

I purchased my Malibu LT (1.5L) new in August 2016 and have absolutely loved it ever since. It has a quiet and refined ride, roomy interior with ample leg room for rear seat passengers, power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, clear and easy-to-use infotainment system, fold-down rear seats, and some nice ambient interior lighting. While the 1.5L turbo engine won’t win a drag race, it’s still peppy enough to allow confident expressway entrances, and fuel economy is excellent for a 5-passenger sedan. Typically, with combined city/highway driving, I’ll see an average of 34 mpg (low of 24 to high of 44+). Driving at 50-55 mph on our flat So. Florida expressways will easily get 45+ mpg, while cruising at 70-75 will still get in the high 30's. The 4-wheel disc anti-lock brakes are good and inspire confidence. At 108,700 miles, aside from regular oil changes, I’ve replaced the battery twice, replaced a tail brake light bulb (warranty), had a cooling system flush, a fuel system/throttle body repair ($200+), and got a new set of tires. I’ve only been stranded 3 times (flat tire from expressway debris, and twice with dead battery) over 6+ years of ownership, so reliability gets high marks. This car is ubiquitous for a reason – it’s a very solid purchase.


Stay Away

This was the most expensive and the worst car I ever owned. Shift to Park problem, engine power reduced, leaking trunk, mold growing inside car, infotainment system failure. In less than 3 years I experienced all of these problems. The infotainment system and the shift to park problem happened more than once. GM won't acknowledge these known issues. Their mechanics are a joke. The service manager had an attitude and expected me to be without my car for more than a week before he would look at it although it was under warranty and he refused to issue me a loaner vehicle. As a result of the endless stress of owning this xxx, I sold the car and bought a much older Acura that at least is reliable. Stay away from all GM vehicles.


You will regret it

Literally the worst car I have owned EVER. I despise this car with every fiber in me with the problems it gives. If it’s not one problem it’s another. The entire time I had this car I was afraid of driving it. Due to me not being rich I couldn’t get rid of the car right away but I’m finally getting rid of this xxx and I feel like a million pounds being lifted off my shoulders. Here are only some problems I had to deal with. Assistant steering always turns off, bad oil leak, over heating due to broken gasket, leaking trunk, when I shift to R it’s very bad can’t quite describe it but the whole car shakes, and it completely turned off as I was going up a hill with cars behind me!!! Def ONE of the MANy times I had a break down (crying) with this car.


Solid Car.

Solid American transportation. Good fuel economy and enough room. Treats me quite well and I'm very happy with my purchase. I even went ahead and got an extended warranty.


The 1.5l turbo is junk

Engine is s lemon , at 12k miles needed engine rebuild burnt pistions...and at 28k miles rebuilt again engine light on dealer has no ideal why, reduced engine power twice


I am very happy with my car

I love the Turbo engine in this car it fits me perfectly just one down note is the remote start sometimes it doesn't work but When I call my sales rep. He is always there for me. The body type is nice Plenty of Room inside, In the car is very attractive.


Great first car for my soon to be 16 year old.

Great Car, great gas milage, stylish, fun, sporty, sweet 16, safe. Wish I had parents that bought me something this nice for my first car.


I See A lot of Repairs In Your Future

I purchased my 1.5L Chevy Malibu in July of 2016 with 54 miles on it. I absolutely love the look and feel of the car but unfortunately I haven’t been impressed. I’ve always taken care of the required maintenance on my vehicle and seemed to have issues. At 15k miles the rear suspension knuckle was causing a popping sound when accelerating after a stop that took multiple times in the shop for them to figure out. Some where between 15k and 52k miles I had the shift to park issue in which they had to replace the shifter/sensor. At 52k miles the transmission would slip upon accelerating. Took it into the dealership and they did a flush and reprogrammed the computer and it has been fine since. At 54k miles I was driving down the freeway and the car went into limp mode and threw a check engine light. Was able to get to work that day and planned to take it after but had a close call when it went into limp mode after accelerating from a stop sign nearly causing an accident. The dealership diagnosed this as a bad pedal position sensor and they had no idea when it would be in stock since it was after the strike. They refused to put me in a loaner vehicle although it was a safety issue. Called a dealership in a small town and they were able to order it and install it within 3 days. At 68k miles the headliner and trunk started leaking and had to take it to the dealership to get it repaired. Two weeks ago at 78k I noticed a small oil leak on my garage floor. Took it into the dealership to find that it is a bad head gasket and upper oil pan gasket. They wanted 3700$ for the repair. After talking to the CEM they were able to get it down to 1100$. It’s currently in the shop being repaired and then after that I’m selling it and getting something else. Haven’t been too impressed with GM and most likely won’t ever own one ever again. 2016 was the first year that GM’s power train warranty went from 100k to 60k miles so repairs such as this head gasket would’ve been covered.