I am really enjoying wheeling this ninth-generation Malibu Turbo. Not only does this mid-sized saloon drive really well (it has a composed chassis, snappy automatic and a peppy motor) but being the top of the line LTZ 250HP trim it looks way better than the base LT car (our tester has dual chrome exhausts, rides on 18in alloys and has some neat brightwork on the body) packs a pretty good punch when you nail the throttle (we here at wheels love that 2.0-litre turbo four-pot) and it features a heck of a lot of bells and whistles too.
It has a remote vehicle start system (brilliant during the summer months; it can help cool the cabin down before you enter the Chevy — and it works from a fair distance too) 8.0in MyLink infotainment with Apple Car Play (the system is ever so intuitive and pairing your phone via Bluetooth is child’s play) and there’s all sorts of safety features (Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert oh and the clarity of the rear view camera even at night deserves a mention; some higher end brands tend to struggle and relay a grainy image but not the Malibu’s) all of which makes this a terrific all-rounder. But what has impressed me most this week is something far more simplistic than a fancy piece of tech; the large sunroof which bathes the elegant leather cabin with light and gives it an airy and open feel. Nice.
I do have a minor complaint; the driver side window is a one-touch up/down power system but the other three are only one-touch down. With this being the top spec trim you’d expect all four windows to be extra fancy but if you thought the Malibu just wants to spoil the driver think again — there’s no grab handle on that particular side. Some cars have them in all four corners, others don’t. This gets on my nerves so bad! Clearly there isn’t an industry standard, but why not?