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What have we done? 2016 Malibu 1LT 1.5t

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ocnblu    733

WHAAAAT?  Cool.  Congratulations on it!  Moar pics, prease!

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dfelt    1,771

Lovely color, agree with Ocnblu, MORE PICS PLEASE! :P

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regfootball    234

I'm such an INCENTIVE WHORE

 

My email to the store manager was "i am hoping for a kick ass deal"

 

His reply

 

"You're coming in at a great time!  Last couple days of the month and the quarter!"

 

it's a lease BTW.  apparently 2/3 of the customers (there at least) lease these days.

 

Plenty of pics, may need some more time to get them up.....how do i use the gallery

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Seriously congrads.. Car looks awesome. I really think that Chevy did a fantastic job one this iteration.. taking ques from the Impala and the 2015 Malibu and making it nicer than any other mid-size I can think of save maybe the Mazda6. This has Start/Stop I believe. I wonder if, like the Cadillac XT5 I tested a few days back.. if it has an override feature within the climate control to damn near disable S/S all together. 

 

EDIT: OK.. this was also a feature in the last gen Malibu 2.5L with S/S. 

 

From Chevy:

System details
 
When the engine shuts down, the vehicle’s electrical system remains “on,” including the lights, power accessories such as windows, locks, etc., the audio system and climate system. A small, auxiliary 12-volt battery mounted in the rear of the vehicle powers these electrical accessories to reduce the draw on the primary vehicle battery during restarting. An “auto stop” position on the tachometer indicates when the engine shuts down.
 
The engine automatically restarts after approximately two minutes if the driver hasn’t removed his or her foot from the brake pedal. Additionally, a driver-selectable mode for the climate system allows the driver to choose between maximum stop/start efficiency and maximum air conditioning performance.
 
When maximum air conditioning is chosen, the engine will shut down less frequently or not at all, to keep the air conditioning active. The system’s default is Eco mode for maximum efficiency, meaning air conditioning performance is slightly diminished when the engine is in auto stop mode. 

 

 

 

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regfootball    234

Start stop hasn't come on much so far. If you are soft on the brake pedal, it won't shut off.

It's no CTS but it'll do. :)

Mazda is way overrated. The car gets good test numbers because of the way they ring it out but in normal driving it doesn't shift or wind up fast enough to feel quick. And it's not quiet sounding like the Mali. I'm surprised at how Sprite the 1.5 and real tranny is when you learn the torque band. When off the gas it just cruises well and is really quiet.

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Start stop hasn't come on much so far. If you are soft on the brake pedal, it won't shut off.

It's no CTS but it'll do. :)

Mazda is way overrated. The car gets good test numbers because of the way they ring it out but in normal driving it doesn't shift or wind up fast enough to feel quick. And it's not quiet sounding like the Mali. I'm surprised at how Sprite the 1.5 and real tranny is when you learn the torque band. When off the gas it just cruises well and is really quiet.

 

 

NO.. I meant on looks. The Malibu and the Mazda6 , IMO, are the two best looking midsizers hands down. The Malibu carries more weight with me for obvious reasons.. and not to mention the new tech.

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dfelt    1,771

Very nice pics, thanks for sharing.

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ccap41    1,161

Congrats, Reg! 

 

The new Malibu has definitely grown on me. When it was first shown I couldn't have disliked it much more but the more I see it the better it looks. 

 

:thumbsup:

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oldshurst442    985

Nice purchase, Reg!

 

The only thing I dont like about the 2017 Malibu is the front end styling. But it is growing on me every time I see one in the wild.

And I see plenty...but then again, a GM store is a mere 5 minutes away from where I live....but then again, so is a Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota and Ford store. The VW and Chrysler/Dodge is 5-8 short miles further.  So...the excuse that there is only a GM dealership in my town is a non-point.

 

NICE COLOUR YOU CHOSE!!!!

VERY NICE COLOUR YOU CHOSE INDEED!

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Frisky Dingo    611

I don't get all the hype on the Mazda 6. The Malibu is easily a better car. Much nicer, offers greater power, and Mazda fanboys may not want to hear it, but it drives better, too. Nice pick, enjoy.

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regfootball    234

Car and Driver just posted the review of the hybrid Malibu...

 

we looked hard at the hybrid (it was the first choice) and that was what i was going to go with until i discovered the payment quote was misunderstood / misquoted....  when we saw how much cost difference for us it was, it was too much, and we backed down to the 1.5.  Really badly wanted the hybrid but the 1.5 is pretty good as well.  Plus we get the full trunk volume as well.

 

 

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2016-chevrolet-malibu-hybrid-test-review

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dfelt    1,771

That light that shines on the tray below the screen...is a damn nice touch.

I agree that light is a nice touch. Buick Envision also had LED lighting in all the foot wells and in the cup holders, pretty much any tray or place you might want to store stuff in. 

 

My 1994 GMC SLE Suburban had this also but light bulbs and then by the late 90's GM pulled stuff like that out to save money in just about all of their auto's. Now we see these nice touches coming back in.

 

So glad there is engineers who care about small touches like this.

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regfootball    234

been loving the new rig, have been keeping it parked in the garage mostly while i get things in order to sell the cobalt.

 

was in the town today where i had been dealing on the other leading candidate, the hybrid.  it was white and had the light / gray interior.  Now that i saw that combo in the flesh it makes me like the black interior so much more.  I think the color combo choice was a good one.

 

So glad we moved up to midsize and the Malibu.  This new one is so roomy and comfy for the four of us.  The kids love it in the back and plenty of room to spread your arms out wide in the front.  Super comfy arm rest and just overall the space and packaging was done well for the midsize class.

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regfootball    234

two weeks in, first fill.

 

low fuel warning goes off EARLY.  Probably at about the 10.5 gallon mark.  Tank is 13.0 gallons.  You can fill this up CHEAP.

 

336 miles, 11.2 gallons.  Exactly 30.00 mpg.

 

I'd say 40% of the tank was 65 mph cruising with little stop.  The rest was a lot of stoplights and stopped / slow traffic and stop and frustrating stop and go.  I got pretty p'oed the last couple days with all the traffic clusterfs and such.  It's becoming unbearable at times.  The autostop which does work fine went off about a dozen times today just on a short 7 mile jaunt.

 

The combined EPA is 31, so the 30 looks to be just spot on.  And the 30 was exactly what i am expecting over the life of the vehicle.  We'll see how it goes moving ahead.

 

I filled the tank with half non oxygenated / non ethanol 91 octane and the other half with 91 octane premium.  I hope to see what that does with the mpg.

 

The flat footedness at times of the engine power is not too frustrating, it really is a thing that becomes an issue in traffic more than anything.  I do still think the engine power is on the border of not enough, however as a commuter rig it does the job.  And its smooth.   Not at all unsatisfied, I really have some second thoughts about missing out on and not getting a hybrid or a 2.0 though.

 

I love the ride and the chassis and really believe this would be the ideal car for say a 1.8t with about 240hp and a six speed manual.  I don't think the market wants it, but just driving this car the chassis would be brilliant for it.

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regfootball    234

just a quick posting of some interesting FE numbers from Monday night.

 

a 254.4 mile stretch with about 90 percent highway and 87 octane non ethanol, near optimal conditions...

 

254.4 miles, 40.5 mpg (DIC indicated)

Best 50 mile stretch   46.3 mpg  (60-70 mph)

 

If i get this on trips all the time, I will be giddy.

 

want to be clear too, not calculated.  I am sensing the DIC may be slightly off...either shows too many miles traveled or doesn't show enough gas used.  Over time i will find that out. 

 

The other thing is one leg the day before in 90+ heat into a strong prairie head wind with 91 octane ethanol free only got me about 32 and change, even if the DIC said 35.  And the oil life meter took a hit.  I think extreme conditions of wind and heat really affect the small motor.  And, I think this car does not like 91 octane / premium.  I seem to get a happier motor and best FE on 87 octane.  The car when it settles into a zone and a nice long run purrs like a kitty and sips fuel.  There is a huge drop in FE between 65mph and 70mph ........and 75mph.  

 

The 1.5 is challenged at times in extreme conditions but most of the regualr time works well on the highway.  I think, just like whiskey, a 1.75 would be a nice deal.  It would be nice to have those deeper reserves for interstate driving......so i guess if you really drive a lot of long distance and FE is not the big concern, definitely go for the 2.0.

 

The fuel stop is sensitive in fueling.  If you try to get another tenth in to top it off, you will spill over on your new rig.  

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ccap41    1,161

Great numbers! 

 

I completely feel you on the 70+mph with a strong mpg drop off. From 50-60mph I can get 30-35mpg but once I get to 65-75mph that drops to barely the highway rating of 28mpg and if there's any wind it will definitely be below the 28mpg rating. Winter is even worse.. 

 

I am surprised it didn't seem as happy on 91.. I wouldn't think it would take a tank to adjust but maybe it does. Did it at least feel like there was a little extra pep(maybe just mental)? 

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