Ditch the SUV: Why the 2016 Malibu Should be Your Next Family Car

February 9th, 2016 by


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The all-new 2016 Chevy Malibu is officially here, and it is better than ever before. Featuring a thorough restyling from the ground up, the completely redesigned Malibu is unlike any other previous model produced. One of the most striking changes is one that is entirely unseen, but certainly felt. A 300 pound reduction in overall weight gives the Malibu better fuel economy as well as more enhanced handling. Two new powertrain choices give drivers the ultimate option over their sedan, and important technology updates keeps the Malibu moving into the future. Essentially, the 2016 Malibu is the best version of the sedan ever created, and it’s appealing to all types of drivers in all types of ways.


What We Are About to Say May Surprise You


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We understand that we are about to make a scandalous statement that we can’t take back. It may hurt the feelings of some readers, and it may even spark controversy. While we aren’t here to do either of these things, we are here to bring you everything that’s important in the automotive world. So, here it is: Ditch your family SUV, and buy a new Chevy Malibu instead.

Okay. We said it. Hopefully if you are still reading this, it means we didn’t offend you too much. We realize that SUVs are an important tool in many of our reader’s lives, especially those with children. We get it, your SUV is the multi-purpose tool for your everyday life, and the thought of trading it in for a sedan is preposterous. Before you minimize your screen or click the dreaded “X” on your window’s tab, at least hear us out.

More and more, drivers are choosing to deviate from their SUVs and move to a more sophisticated sedan. We aren’t saying that it won’t be an adjustment, but we can say with complete conviction that you will appreciate driving the 2016 Malibu in ways you never imagined. Making this sort of leap isn’t for everyone, but the new Malibu is proving that families, even larger ones, should at the very least consider purchasing the 2016 Malibu.

Before we make any more controversial statements, or end up losing you in frustration, let’s take a look at why we said what we did.


A Better Family Car Than Your Crossover: 5 Reasons to Choose the Malibu


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The 2016 Malibu was unveiled for the first time at the New York Auto Show on April 1, 2015. The restyled sedan featured an exterior styling, interior functionality, and overall personality that previous model years were sorely lacking. The new Malibu was safer, lighter, more efficient, and offered more technology than the outgoing model year, and had us intrigued from its very first introduction.

Since that day nearly one year ago, the new Malibu has made quite an impression. It has undergone a multitude of testing, and has been scrutinized by industry experts. It has endured the court of public opinion, and it has survived it all in the most unexpected way. The consensus from all of these opinions is that the 2016 Malibu makes an incredibly valuable family car, and should be considered as equally as valuable as compact crossovers available on the market.

Surprised? While that may be an appropriate initial response, we doubt you will feel the same way after reading why the Malibu makes a better family car than your crossover. Check out those reasons by exploring below:

  1. It’s Affordable:

    Starting at just $21,625, the 2016 Malibu is one of the most affordable midsize sedans on the market, and certainly more affordable than most crossover SUVs. To put things into perspective, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata starts at $22,500, while the base 2016 Kia Optima will cost you $23,000 for the bare bones model. The new Honda Accord also starts above $23,000 for its base offering, making these models at least $1,000 more expensive than the completely redesigned Malibu, right off the bat. When compared to crossovers, the Malibu is also the more affordable vehicle. Just looking at the base 2016 Subaru Outback’s price of $24,995 gives you a taste of what the compact crossover market will end up costing you.

  2. It’s Efficient:

    Another cost-saving aspect of the new Malibu, also happens to be one of the most important categories that families consider in their new vehicle purchase. The 2016 Malibu gets an estimated 37 miles per gallon on the highway, an impressive number to say the least. The same Outback model we mentioned before tops out at 33 miles per gallon highway, while the 2016 Jeep Renegade crossover gets a highway fuel economy rating of just 29 miles per gallon. While it may not surprise you that a sedan gets better fuel economy than a crossover, it is still an important distinction to maker when comparing the two segments.

  3. It’s Safe:

    The new Malibu offers more available active safety features than ever before. From low speed front automatic braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, a rear vision camera, and automatic park assist – the new Malibu offers nearly every safety feature you can imagine. When choosing a family vehicle, safety is a no brainer, and the Malibu delivers in a big way. Most new crossover models also offer many of these features, although the new Malibu tends to have a better list of standard and available safety features than other vehicles on the road.

  4. It’s Peace of Mind For Your Teenage Driver:

    Let’s be honest, a family car is not just for families with small children. Families with teenage drivers need intuitive features in their car for better peace of mind. The Malibu is the first vehicle to ever offer a built-in system to keep track of, and encourage good teen driving habits.  The Teen Driver feature provides driving statistics to parents, and helps teens be safer behind the wheel with a host of features. No other sedan, and certainly no crossover, can offer the same level of commitment to the safety of your teenage driver.

  5. It’s Comfortable and Spacious:

    The longer wheelbase of the new Malibu translates to a roomier, more comfortable interior cabin. A more spacious second row gives backseat passengers ample room to stretch their legs, while the list of standard features will keep them comfortable and connected on the go. Enhancements to the Malibu’s design give it a quieter ride, while new amenities make staying connected easy. From a wireless phone charging system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, USB ports, Bluetooth technology, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Chevy MyLink – the new 2016 Malibu is as tech-savvy as they come.


Ditching Your Crossover Has Never Been Easier


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When the 2016 Malibu finally hits dealer showrooms, you can see for yourself at DePaula Chevrolet why this midsize sedan is taking over the crossover segment. Offering up the same comfort and amenities for your family, the new Malibu goes above and beyond by featuring the best starting MSRP, and most impressive fuel economy numbers. No other midsize sedan can compete, and certainly no crossover can come close to what the Malibu offers.Further safety technology like Teen Driver Assist, make the Malibu more appealing to families with teenage drivers. With a comfortable and spacious interior cabin, it is no wonder that the Malibu is being regarded as one of the best new sedans to hit the market for the 2016 model year.

Be sure to come see us at DePaula Chevrolet, and see if ditching your crossover for the new Malibu is the right choice for your family.

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