The driver convenience package is worth it, however. City-speed automatic braking, front and rear park assist, blind-zone detection, lane-keep assist, forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams are a reasonable $1,450 add-on. That 8-inch MyLink screen I mentioned earlier is part of the also appropriately priced $995 Convenience and Technology package. That gives you wireless charging, a 120V household power outlet, more USB ports, auto-dimming rear mirror and a leather steering wheel and shift knob. Not nav though, that’s another $775 – which is cheeky.
Tech heads will love that this car has not only wireless charging, but Android Auto/Apple Carplay – something I swear by. Android Auto especially is a good reason to avoid the nav option. Tech heads might also like the onboard wi-fi but let’s be honest: Once the free subscription runs out this is just another data plan you’re paying for monthly. Really want data for your passengers? Pay for a data package on your phone and use it as a mobile hotspot. Job done.
Wi-fi aside, there is remarkably little about this car that is gimmicky. Even the instrument cluster surround has dropped its try-hard shape and tacky fake aluminum in this revision and the interior looks thoroughly tasteful.
4 years/100,000 km; 6 years/110,000 km powertrain; 7 years/unlimited distance corrosion perforation; 4 years/100,000 km roadside assistance
This is a well-executed, well-styled, perfectly good car with solid fuel economy. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is comfortable, smooth and well-appointed and can stand proudly alongside any of its competitors.
Pricing: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Sedan
Base Price: $28,850
Options: Leather Package – $1,995, Driver Convenience Package – $1,450, Sunroof – $1,425, Convenience and Technology Package – $995, MyLink with Navigation – $795
A/C Tax: $100
Freight and PDI: $1,650
Price as Tested: $37,260