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2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu
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As much as I like trucks for their purpose and comfort, I am pretty sure I still like cars more for their nimbleness and sportiness. Did I just mention sportiness in a Chevrolet Malibu review? Looks like I did — the Malibu is certainly more sporty than last week’s tester and after a few quick corners it actually surprised me how well it performed.

This week’s 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is in LTZ trim with only two options: Navigation and black/brown leather trim. At just over $35,000 for this tester, it’s much more reasonably priced than a lot of cars I test and still fairly loaded.

2015 Chevrolet Malibu
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Heated leather seats, navigation, dual-zone climate control, blind spot detection, back-up camera, power seats, cruise control and keyless start. The Malibu has all the typical features found today in a well appointed vehicle.

My tester is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder Ecotec engine that now features auto start/stop, 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque at just 4,400 rpm. The engine is so torquey in fact, I thought I was driving a mild turbo at first.

The mid-sized family sedan market is an important one, and the Malibu was a complete redesign in 2014 with some new colours and updates for 2015 including 4G LTE OnStar. But the big news is the start/stop system — I believe a first in Canada for GM.

Pricing: 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
Base price (LTZ): $33,100
Options: Audio system with navigatio — $795; Jetblack/Brownstone leather appointed seat trim — $165
A/C tax: $100
Destination: $1,650
Price as tested: $35,810

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