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Model Year 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016
Model Malibu Malibu Malibu Malibu Malibu Malibu Corolla Corolla Corolla Corolla
Trim L LS LT 2LT Premier Hybrid L LE LE Eco S
Engines (show)  
turbocharged
1.5L I4
DOHC-4v
163 hp@5700
184 lb-ft@2500
             
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
250 hp@5300
260 lb-ft@2000
               
1.8L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
122 hp@5000
129 lb-ft@4750
                 
1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
132 hp@6000
128 lb-ft@4400
             
1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
140 hp@6100
126 lb-ft@4000
                 
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic              
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic                
CVT                  
6-speed manual                
4-speed automatic                  
7-speed manually-shiftable CVT              
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
Tires (show)  
205/65R16 tires            
225/55R17 tires            
245/45R18 tires                
245/40WR19 tires                  
195/65R15 tires            
205/55HR16 tires              
215/45WR17 tires                  
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers    
Bose, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)              
Unbranded, 4 speakers                  
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.            
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.                  
Ashtray and lighter (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.            
Cruise control    
Heated steering wheel                  
Parking guidance system - activeParks the vehicle with minimal input from the driver.                  
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.  
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.        
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.          
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.              
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.      
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.        
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speed or partialIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.                  
Automatic braking, low-speedAutomatically brakes car to avoid low-speed collisions.            
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.            
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Following distance indicatorIndicates number of seconds behind preceding car.            
Forward collision warningAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.            
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.            
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.        
Knee airbag, driver
Knee airbag, passenger        
Lane departure prevention system, steering-basedSteering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.            
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.            
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.            
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.            
Pedestrian detectionWarns driver of pedestrians in path of car.            
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.                  
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.            
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.        
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.    
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.        
Seat cushion airbag, passengerAirbag inflates under leading edge of seat cushion to prevent the passenger from sliding forward.            
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Temporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.        
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat  
Cargo net  
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.          
Console with shifter
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
4G LTE connectivityHigher speed Internet connection. Monthly fee after trial period.          
Air conditioning
Android Auto supportRequires compatible Android phone.          
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.    
Apple CarPlay supportRequires compatible Apple iPhone.          
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.          
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.  
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.  
CD player            
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.                
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.              
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.              
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Intermittent wipers                  
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.            
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.            
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.  
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.      
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.            
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.  
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.        
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.              
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.  
Voice control for audio systemSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.          
Voice control for external devicesPhone or other device operated via the vehicle's voice command system. Requires a compatible device--all aren't supported.          
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Wi-Fi hotspotProvides Wi-Fi within the car. Includes internal modem, usually requires car-specific broadband service with monthly fee.          
Wireless charging stationWirelessly charger for phones and audio players.            
Exterior (show)  
Active grille shuttersClose grille openings when not needed to reduce aerodynamic drag.            
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.            
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.              
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.        
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.  
Paint, special brown        
Paint, special red        
Paint, special white      
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.              
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.                
Sport front fascia (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Sunroof              
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.            
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.            
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.          
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.          
Detailed driving style feedbackDriving style evaluated with a grade or with changes in display graphics or lighting.                  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.              
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.      
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.            
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.            
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.            
Large energy flow and fuel economy displayStandard or optional in some hybrid vehicles. Fancy display of power flows, enhanced trip computer information.                  
LED headlights, single projector or low beam only            
LED tail lightsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display  
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights            
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.              
TachometerReports engine speed.  
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors          
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Visor mirror, driver          
Visor mirror, passenger          
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.            
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.        
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.                  
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets  
Front sport buckets                  
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.  
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row        
Cooled or ventilated front seats                  
Door sill trim plates                    
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats        
Illuminated door sill trim plates          
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.              
Leather-wrapped steering wheel          
Manual height adjuster, driver seat              
Manual height adjuster, passenger seat              
Memory system, driver seat                  
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat      
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat              
Power height adjuster, driver seat      
Power height adjuster, passenger seat              
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.            
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.              
Power recliner, driver seat      
Power recliner, passenger seat              
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.      
Special interior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.              
Upgraded floor mats                  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels    
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.          
Wheels, dark finish                  

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Option Package Contents

Sun and Wheels Package

Features
Universal garage door opener
245/45R18 tires

Leather Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Bose, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Convenience and Technology Package

Features
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
AC power outlet
Wireless charging station
Voice control for audio system
Wireless charging station

Driver Confidence Package

Features
Pedestrian detection
Following distance indicator
Obstacle detection, front
Obstacle detection, rear
Auto-dimming headlights
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Automatic braking, low-speed
Forward collision warning
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based

Driver Confidence Package II

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Parking guidance system - active
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial

Driver Confidence Package

Features
Pedestrian detection
Following distance indicator
Obstacle detection, front
Obstacle detection, rear
Auto-dimming headlights
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Automatic braking, low-speed
Forward collision warning
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based

Leather Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Bose, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Convenience and Technology Package

Features
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
AC power outlet
Wireless charging station
Voice control for audio system
Wireless charging station

Driver Confidence Package

Features
Pedestrian detection
Following distance indicator
Obstacle detection, front
Obstacle detection, rear
Auto-dimming headlights
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Automatic braking, low-speed
Forward collision warning
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based

Driver Convenience Package

Features
Proximity key

Entune Audio with Navigation

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
App support

Entune Audio Plus

Features
Satellite radio
HD radio
Traffic + travel information

Plus Package

Features
Fog lights
Alloy wheels
205/55HR16 tires

Plus Package

Features
Fog lights
Alloy wheels
205/55HR16 tires

Driver Convenience Package

Features
Proximity key

Entune Audio with Navigation

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
App support

Entune Audio Plus

Features
Satellite radio
HD radio
Traffic + travel information

Plus Package

Features
Proximity key
6-speed manual

Plus Package

Features
4-wheel disc brakes
Alloy wheels
215/45WR17 tires

Entune Audio with Navigation

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
App support

Entune Audio Plus

Features
Satellite radio
HD radio
Traffic + travel information

Special Edition Package

Features
Special interior trim
Wheels, dark finish

TrueDelta Reviews the Available Features of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Available Features: Cons
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You can get nearly all of the features available on competitors on the Malibu. But you cannot get all-wheel-drive (offered on the Ford Fusion, Chrysler 200, and Subaru Legacy) or a sport model (offered by most competitors). Don't want AWD or a sport model? Then ignore this "why not to buy." With this, I'm out of even somewhat strong cons. see full Chevrolet Malibu review
 

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