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New Impala gained more respect this past week.

Flew into Florida this past week for a much needed vacation. After stepping off the plane and collecting our luggage we proceeded to the rental lot for our car. I always rent an Impala unless we have earned a free upgrade which gets us a Tahoe. The rental lot was bare of Impala's so I settled for an LTZ Malibu (Just one step down in the Chevy lineup). Most of our time was going to be spent on the beach or at the condo anyway. The leather seats in the Malibu felt like a flat pancake. The lumbar was not position adjustable either. Just couldn't get the seat comfortable. It had a Mylink screen the same size as the Impala. Put it in reverse and no rear camera. Really?? Checked the rear and sure enough no camera. I'm assuming it's optional even on an LTZ?? The IP looked busy and the climate control knobs were much smaller and didn't give a temp readout on the driver side knob. You had to look in the bottom right corner of the MyLink screen. The ride was harsh and the steering took more effort than the Impala. The tires produced a lot of road noise inside the cabin while feeling every bump in the road. The Malibu does have a lot of trunk space. Two full size luggage will fit. I will give it that. I know it's a step down from the Impala but it's a huge step IMO. Honestly I'd buy a Cruise over the Malibu. Very similar in size and a lot less $$. If anything, I gained more respect for the new Impala. What a nice riding, quiet, and roomy car for the money. I'd take a base LS Impala over the LTZ Malibu for the ride quality and extra room. Just my two cents I thought I'd share.


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Interesting...I have not driven either, but I have heard quite a mixed back regarding the Malibu, which is why the new one was fast-tracked.

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I have both a 2014 Malibu LTZ and a 2015 Impala LTZ.

The only option omitted is the memory seat stuff on the Malibu and Adaptive cruise on the Impala.

I wouldn't consider the seats pancake flat and they fit me pretty well while definitely not as "cushy" as the Impala they are comfy and this is my daily work vehicle so I spend 3 to 4 hours a day stuck in traffic with it.

Illinois road quality aside (which is generally crappy) I find the Malibu quiet on normal pavement and I have the large goodyear Eagle RSA everyone loves to hate. Now grooved surfaces which seems to be the popular way of doing roads now around here I have yet to find any car that is quiet. My brothers BMW loaded 7 series is loud on grooved pavement more than my Malibu.

The screen is 7 inch on the Malibu not 8 like the Impala and my only complaint is lack of gridlines which they added in the 15. I don't know if the camera is an option but the not well equipped loaner I had while getting service had the camera so it sounds like you had a rental specific model. I thought Mylink came with the camera by default maybe I am mistaken but I don't know for sure.

Sounds like you had a rental special and having had a couple of Cruzes the Malibu is a much better vehicle. The cruze is not bad but not in the same league.

The press hated on the back seat but honestly at 5'11" where my seat is, people have plenty of room in the back.

I do like the redesign though and may look at it as a replacement when I drive mine into the ground.
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I agree it must have been "rental specific". After eyeballing a LTZ Malibu this afternoon in the GM parking lot, there is no way the rental should have been sporting the LTZ badges IMO. The one I got had different wheels and no side molding. Does yours have blind spot warning in the mirrors? This one did not. Didn't realize the screen was an inch smaller. It did lack Nav and was much harder to use than my Impala. It was a 4cyl but had adequate power. My main disappointment was ride quality and lack of seat comfort.

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I agree it must have been "rental specific". After eyeballing a LTZ Malibu this afternoon in the GM parking lot, there is no way the rental should have been sporting the LTZ badges IMO. The one I got had different wheels and no side molding. Does yours have blind spot warning in the mirrors? This one did not. Didn't realize the screen was an inch smaller. It did lack Nav and was much harder to use than my Impala. It was a 4cyl but had adequate power. My main disappointment was ride quality and lack of seat comfort.


Yes I have the blind spot warnings. I have the Nav but will say the Mylink works better in some aspects than the impala. the LTZ does ride better than the standard Malibu and the leather seats are firmer than what the Impala has but the Impala has the seat cooling which is awesome IMO.
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Yes I have the blind spot warnings. I have the Nav but will say the Mylink works better in some aspects than the impala. the LTZ does ride better than the standard Malibu and the leather seats are firmer than what the Impala has but the Impala has the seat cooling which is awesome IMO.
The seat cooling gets mixed reviews. I find that it works very well also.

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The seat cooling gets mixed reviews. I find that it works very well also.
I love it. Some people think gimmick or needless luxury, but to me anything we buy with features not critical to the main operation is a luxury. My only complaint is losing the ability to select just the back for heating (first world problems I know right )

I buy my cars as loaded as possible so I am not left wanting for anything or adding aftermarket which is in my experience not as good as if I had it from the factory. Just my opinion but even if I wanted to do it myself, my time is far to limited and I have better uses for my time when not working than car stuff
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I love it. Some people think gimmick or needless luxury, but to me anything we buy with features not critical to the main operation is a luxury. My only complaint is losing the ability to select just the back for heating (first world problems I know right )

I buy my cars as loaded as possible so I am not left wanting for anything or adding aftermarket which is in my experience not as good as if I had it from the factory. Just my opinion but even if I wanted to do it myself, my time is far to limited and I have better uses for my time when not working than car stuff
I hadn't gave the back only selection any thought. Our 13 Suburban has the selection but I always just use both. I think the wife is a fan of the back only. I tend to get an all options vehicle also. Four things I've never had on a vehicle until the new Impala that I hold in high regard is
1. The ability to adjust the seat lumbar up or down (you can find that perfect spot).
2. Heated steering wheel.
3. Keyless start. Don't miss fidgeting for keys to unlock and start a vehicle.
4. My favorite. App to start/unlock car from any location. I work in the rear of the assembly plant. Nothing like having a warm and defrosted or cool car when arriving to it.
Could I live without these options? Yeah..But damn they're nice. That extra "Z" gets you a lot more car for sure.

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As my better half says, I have a thing for bells and whistles. I don't need them but they sure are nice.
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