2015 Chevrolet Malibu Review
Comfort is king when it comes to being a big man, and I’ve recently found that comfort behind the wheel of a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu.
Driving this vehicle has been mostly a pleasure. What the Malibu lacks in off-the-line and highway lane-change power it makes up in with a quiet, smooth and comfortable ride. Yet while it’s comfortable for tall drivers, this car effectively seats three with me behind the wheel.
How a big guy fits in the Malibu
The 2015 Malibu is one of the best fit’s I’ve experienced lately. Its seats give support past mid-thigh. And there’s enough seat range to allow for full leg extension. A high center console provides a well-placed armrest. There’s enough lateral room for the slight bend in your legs without having to rest your shin on console.
This combination gives me the feeling of being cocooned in the driver’s seat. Since picking it up, I’ve made several four or five hour-long trips in the Malibu. If I didn’t have the bladder of a five year-old, I don’t think I’d even want to stop and stretch my legs.
If I have any complaint, it’s that I wish the car offered me just one more inch of head room. If I were much taller than 6’7″, it might be an issue. But seat adjustments could allow you to find the right fit.
How the people in the back fit
While the ride up front is wonderful for a tall driver, it can be a bit tight behind that driver. And it’s the passenger’s feet that are a problem before their knees are. There’s no clearance under the seat and that’s a problem for adults sitting in the rear, particularly if they’re behind the driver.
My likes and gripes
With both the Malibu and Impala, I really enjoy the way that Chevrolet has created edges in their design. There’s still an element of swoop that the Malibu shares with other sedans, but the hard lines on the hood and in the rear are a subtle nod to older designs. I also enjoy the tail lights as they have a bit of a retro look. At the end of the day, the Malibu isn’t the flashiest sedan out there. But it’s easy on the eyes.
What has impressed me the most about the Malibu is the ride quality. You don’t exactly expect a Malibu-level vehicle to give you the kind of ride that you’d expect from something much more costly. But the ride in the Malibu is smooth, even on the Michigan roads that nobody will pay to fix. Along with being smooth, the ride is quiet. Engine noise is minimal and only the big bumps create much noise in the cabin.
Call me juvenile, but there’s something about the cool blue “Tron lights,” as I call them, that line the interior when it’s dark in the cabin. The wood accents are tasteful without calling too much attention to them. Everything in the console is situated in a way that makes everything easy to get to.
Yet not everything is so nice. The plastic interior found on the doors is unattractive, unpleasant to the touch and it seems difficult to get out smudges and other grime. Unless you upgrade to the leather steering wheel wrap, that same material is on the steering wheel as well.
My biggest gripe about the Malibu is the power. When I’m pulling out into traffic or trying to pass on the highway, I want that responsive oomph when I put the pedal down, and the 2.5L inline 4 engine doesn’t give it to me. However, there is a 2.0L turbocharged Malibu available.
The 2015 Malibu is good for a tall driver
Surprisingly, when I went solely by the numbers, the Malibu didn’t lead the way in front leg room. But the more I drive these vehicles, the more I see that it isn’t always about the measurements, but about how the cockpit itself is arranged.