For the last few years, it’s been very easy for people to forget about the humble sedan. Once the preeminent choice for families when it came to vehicles, sedans have faced a number of competitors over the last few decades; first the minivan, then the SUV, and now the crossover vehicle.
Despite all the other contenders stepping up to take its place, the sedan has managed to hang on. While many consumers wouldn’t consider a sedan their first choice of family vehicle, auto companies have continued to invest in sedans and innovate with their designs, while consumers in the know keep the vehicle class alive.
Until 2016, the Chevrolet Malibu was not considered one of the top tier family sedans. In the last two years, however, Chevy has put a lot of time and effort into make the Malibu one of its best and most reliable family vehicles. Next time you stop by our Spencer Chevrolet dealership, here’s why you’ll want to give the Malibu another look.
The Perfect Sedan?
Family model sedans get their value from being a combination of several useful features: functionality, style, comfort, and affordability. Since it received a major redesign for the 2016 version, the Chevy Malibu has come to be regarded as one of the major entries in the sedan line of vehicles sold in the U.S. specifically because it offers all of those features in an impressive package that outperforms many of its competitors.
Sedans aren’t usually considered for their speed and power, but the 2017 Chevy Malibu doesn’t skimp on the engine. The Malibu Premier edition comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine capable of delivering 250 horsepower, and capable of handling any driving condition, from hills and mountains to city roads and freeways. It also comes with a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Driving tests have clocked its acceleration rate at 0 to 60 in just over six seconds— an impressive speed for a sedan.
As for fuel economy, the Malibu is rated by the EPA at 26 miles per gallon in combined driving, but JD Power & Associates found it performed even better than the government’s reported performance at 27.1. In their review of the Malibu, the JD Power reviewer makes sure the mention that it is incredibly rare for turbocharged 4-cylinder engines to deliver on their fuel efficiency ratings in real world conditions, let alone to exceed them.
Combine all that with a MyLink infotainment system (including all the expected features, such as touch screen display, OnStar, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connection), a hefty amount of storage space in the trunk, dual temperature control climate system, and a sleek, curvy exterior that gives the Malibu a refreshingly cool look for a family sedan, it’s easy to understand why people are raving about this one. Many people might not know it, but we’re living in a stellar era for the good old sedan, and the Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way.
Learn more about the Chevrolet Malibu by calling Community Chevy today at 812-829-4843.