Chevrolet Malibu RS test drive
The current generation Malibu is now about 4 years old already. And it still is a very good looking sedan.
A huge improvement over the previous generation…
The “sporty” RS package ads great looking 18-inch wheels. A rather well integrated rear spoiler. And a blacked out grille.
The whole thing looks quite nice and rather upscale.
That old fashion Chevrolet logo also looks 100 times better in black.
Otherwise, the interior is very nice. Everything feels solid and well put together.
(Too bad the only color choice on the RS is black.)
But it is refreshing to see cloth and not leather.
The seats are very comfortable. I like the cloth finish on the dash.
Even at about $24 000, it comes with a power driver seat. An 8-inch screen.
And a surprisingly excellent sound system. (but no satellite radio)
Unfortunately, it doe not come with any new safety system like automatic breaking, side view warning, etc.
Which, I think is a big mistake from GM.
As most new cars do these days. (Even a base Civic has all that stuff…)
The back seat is surprisingly roomy.
But very basic. With no center armrest.
Driving this Malibu RS right after the Civic Coupe Turbo, I couldn’t help but comparing the two.
Even though I don’t think anyone would ever be cross shopping these two cars.
But they both came with a 1.5 Liter Turbo and a CVT. So why not…
The GM 1.5 Liter is both smoother and quieter than the Honda engine. Which was surprising.
And so is the CVT.
None of the droning I kept hearing in the Civic. The Malibu is just always very quiet.
And about as fast as the Civic.
Being a larger sedan, the ride is much nicer than the Civic coupe as well. This is a very smooth, great riding car.
Always very comfortable and very quiet.
The steering is very light but very accurate. And really, the whole thing is a pleasure to drive.
But nothing about the “RS” is sporty.
It does look more upscale than the base model.
The Malibu is just a very smooth comfortable car. But at least with the 1.5 Liter, not a sporty one by any means. Even with the RS option.
It is a very honest, simple 4 door mid-sized sedan.
I think its main problem is that it exists in the same world as a base Honda Accord LX.
I have not driven the Accord with the 1.5 Liter. ( Hopefully is it quieter than the Civic with the same engine.)
But the Accord has one of the nicest steering feel in its class.
It also feels like a tank. And comes standard with Honda Sensing. Which includes a whole suite of driver assistance items. And a choice of interior colors.
All for about $1100 less than this Malibu RS.
Here is everything you need to know about the Malibu RS price and features.
Again, a very nice car. But lacking in some safety equipment that most buyers expect these days.
Something GM could very easily fix if they wanted.
I mentioned the Accord LX which costs less than this Malibu RS. But lets’ not forget the Accord Hybrid.
Which costs only about $1000 more than the RS.
For that $1000, you get an even quieter, quicker car.
And one that will get 48 to 50MPG all the time. No matter what.
Which would be my choice…