2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2016 Chevrolet Impala

Making a choice for a family sedan starts with looking at the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2016 Chevrolet Impala. While both of these models offer up an inspired design, top performance, and lots of features, there are some important distinctions to consider before making your decision. The experts at Tom Gill Chevrolet can show you the perks and specs of both of these models. Once you have an idea what you’re looking at, take the drive from any where in the Cincinnati area to check it out at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence, KY.

An Overview of Both of These Sedans

2016 Chevy Malibu 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
  • Spunky and incredibly fuel-efficient new turbocharged engines
  • Fully redesigned with an athletic appearance and more standard features for the new model year
  • Refined cabin with premium flourishes throughout
2016 Chevy Impala 2016 Chevrolet Impala
  • Available 3.6L V6 engine with commanding output on the road
  • Cavernous full-size passenger area and trunk
  • Excellent government crash test scores


The Malibu’s 2016 redesign includes a couple of new powertrain options to choose from. The new base engine is a 1.5L turbocharged inline-four that’s good for 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is outstanding with this engine at an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg city. Those looking for even more power from this model can get it from an available 2.0L turbocharged inline-four that makes a commanding 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque while keeping fuel economy strong at 33 mp highway and 22 mpg city.The Impala’s base engine is a bit stronger. It’s a 2.5L inline-four that makes 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, while fuel economy comes in under the Malibu at 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. The most powerful engine in the pack is a 3.6L V6 that pumps out a robust 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy estimates come in at 28 mpg highway and 18 mpg city. Those looking to go green can also opt for a natural gas (CNG) variant of the V6 engine.

2016 Chevy Malibu

Passenger and Cargo Space

The 2016 Chevy Malibu has standard seating for up to five passengers and a total interior volume of 118.7 cubic feet, spacious dimensions for a midsize sedan. Open the trunk and you’ll find an equally generous amount of space for cargo, measuring a total of 15.8 cubic feet.The Chevy Impala also has seating for five passengers, but they’ll find even more room to stretch out thanks to the Impala’s 123.8 cubic feet of passenger space. Open the trunk and you’ll find a cavernous 18.8 cubic feet of cargo room, more than enough room for even a demanding trip.

2016 Chevy Impala Passenger Space


The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes in five different available trim levels and has an MSRP ranging from $21,625 to $30,920. On the other hand, the larger 2016 Chevrolet Impala has six different trim levels and an MSRP range from $27,095 to $40,810.
2016 Chevy Impala

What’s the Right Car for Me?

There’s a lot to praise in the 2016 Chevy Malibu and the 2016 Chevy Impala, but ultimately it comes down to what you’re looking for. The all-new and fully redesigned Chevy Malibu is a great choice for those who want a high-quality car at a more affordable price and who like the idea of saving money at the gas tank. The Chevy Malibu is also fully redesigned this year, giving a fresh new take on this midsize sedan while keeping with its successful past.On the other hand, the Impala has a wider appeal among drivers looking for a traditional full-size sedan with more spacious dimensions inside the cabin and trunk. It also has more traditional power to offer thanks to its available 3.6L V6, as well as more luxurious touches inside the cabin. Of course, all of this comes at a bit of a higher cost than its midsize little brother.

2016 Chevy Malibu Interior

Make the Choice at Tom Gill Chevrolet

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2016 Chevrolet Impala are two fine picks for a family sedan in the Florence and Cincinnati areas. Take a sporty engine when you select the Impala, or take your daily driving up to the next step with the redesigned Chevy Malibu.

Both models include outstanding warranty coverage, affordable price points with luxury options, safety features for a confident drive, and the latest in automotive tech. Come try each model today, and see which one works for you at Tom Gill Chevy, located at 7830 Commerce Drive in Florence, KY. You can contact us today to schedule your test drive.