Automotive

Anyone have Experience '16 or '17 Malibu with 1.5 lt engine?

  • Last Updated:
  • Jan 4th, 2018 1:51 pm
[OP]
Deal Addict
User avatar
Nov 10, 2015
2196 posts
815 upvotes
Monte Creek, BC

Anyone have Experience '16 or '17 Malibu with 1.5 lt engine?

I recently rented a 2017 Malibu with the 1.5 lt 4 cyl turbo and came away impressed not only with the car but that tiny little engine.
How can such a small engine have so much power and smoothness in such a big car?
I drove it about 1600 km, mostly on the highway, some pretty heavy snow conditions, some at 120 km/hr, and bit of driving in heavy Vancouver traffic and I came away averaging 8 lt/100 km.

That engine is the same size as what's in my Honda Fit. It's also smaller than what's in my motorcycle! And yet it felt smooth when accelerating on the highway. I think I only used the turbo once and it was quiet and reasonably powerful.

Do any of you have a Malibu with that engine? Anyone with high kms, 100,000 or more?
No political content in signatures (Who did I offend?)
14 replies
Deal Guru
Feb 9, 2006
10090 posts
4184 upvotes
Brampton
It's got a turbo on it with some pretty high boost.

Give me the smoothness of a V6 any day.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Mar 9, 2007
1879 posts
1018 upvotes
Waterloo
The 2018 honda accord also comes in a 1.5t (larger version is a 2.0t) and it manages fine. It has won lots of praise for being a joy to drive with great handling.
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2011
27149 posts
13142 upvotes
Ottawa
Benefit of FI, is the torque.
Even though the 1.5T only puts out 160hp, the 180ft-lbs torque comes in at 2500rpm!
Member
User avatar
Jun 20, 2015
489 posts
116 upvotes
Place
I rented a '17 Malibu with 1.5 T engine for the weekend last year. They were pretty quick in acceleration in my opinion and gas efficient. (Gear change are smooth as well) I truly enjoyed driving the car throughout the weekend. I would drive a Malibu again if I get the chance.
Good luck!
Deal Fanatic
Apr 20, 2011
7747 posts
2666 upvotes
ON
Should try the hybrid.
It's even smoother and more responsive as it is basically a volt without the plug (all the torque available from zero)
Also gets amazing efficiency for a mid-size, because of it.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Feb 9, 2013
1586 posts
1050 upvotes
Saudi Arabia
The Civic and Accords have a far superior 4 cylinder turbo engines. The Chevy ones have a few ongoing reliability issues.
Last edited by iflyplanes on Jan 3rd, 2018 8:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2011
27149 posts
13142 upvotes
Ottawa
iflyplanes wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2018 8:01 pm
The Civic and Accords have a car superior 4 cylinder turbo engines. The Chevy ones have a few ongoing reliability issues.
All these new turbo engines will die the same death, from carbon build up on the back side of the intake valves due to being direct injected.
Sr. Member
May 26, 2005
651 posts
322 upvotes
It's not bad but the fuel tank is tiny! 49L of which I can only fill up to about 45L or so when it's at E

Quite liked it for a rental car, only gripes are the fuel tank and visibility is not so great due to design.
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2011
27149 posts
13142 upvotes
Ottawa
roastpuff wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2018 10:06 pm
It's not bad but the fuel tank is tiny! 49L of which I can only fill up to about 45L or so when it's at E

Quite liked it for a rental car, only gripes are the fuel tank and visibility is not so great due to design.
That's because there's still 5L left when it's at E. Lol
[OP]
Deal Addict
User avatar
Nov 10, 2015
2196 posts
815 upvotes
Monte Creek, BC
roastpuff wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2018 10:06 pm
It's not bad but the fuel tank is tiny! 49L of which I can only fill up to about 45L or so when it's at E

Quite liked it for a rental car, only gripes are the fuel tank and visibility is not so great due to design.
Yeah, I found the small tank a bit of an inconvenience. My current car, a Sonata with a 2.4 lt shows I theoretically could go about 800 km on fill up. I seem to recall the Malibu came in at 450 to 500 km.
What is strange about it is if you have the larger engine, 2.0(?), you get a bigger fuel tank.
No political content in signatures (Who did I offend?)
Deal Addict
Jul 14, 2002
1890 posts
659 upvotes
+1 had the same experience in a 2016 malibu last year too.
i also enjoyed the leather interior and quietness/refinement. almost makes me want to consider one, but perception of reliability still tips the scales to toyota.

Top