THE 2016 CHEVY MALIBU HYBRID DESIGNED FOR A NEW GENERATION
By Brelaun Douglas (NNPA/DTU Fellow/The Atlanta Voice)
The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid is definitely not your parents’ old Malibu.
Recently, Chevrolet invited a select group of journalists and bloggers from across the country to Santa Barbara, Calif., to test-drive the new Malibu hybrid and to discover what separates the 2016 model from its predecessors.
The Malibu has features that would make any parent happy, including a feature that mutes the radio until driver and passenger seatbelts are buckled, speed warnings, a volume limit and having access to a report card of their teenager’s driving including where they have been. But for millennials who have outgrown the ever-watching eye of their parents, the 2016 Malibu is less of an informant and more like riding around inside of a smart phone.
Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway into Malibu is miles of beautiful water, rocky hills and scenery that makes you want to capture it forever on camera and video.
USB ports available in both the front and backseat consuls keep phones from dying the car also includes MyLink with Android and Apple CarPlay providing hands free access to text messages, music and navigation to the final destination. Like previous generations, millennials are no different when it comes to loving their music, especially in the car. Pandora, a leading online music streaming service, is also featured in the car so that drivers can play music by their favorite artists whenever they want.
One of the best features in the car is the 4G LTE Wi-Fi inside of the vehicle. This car also allows up to seven devices to connect at once making the drive more data–friendly.
According to “U.S. News and World Report,” the Malibu gets 47 mpg on the street and 46 mpg on the highway so there was no need to stop for gas along the way and with lane change alerts, adaptive cruise control and parking assistance, driving the car was a technological advancement in itself.
Brelaun Douglas is a 2016 NNPA “Discover The Unexpected” journalism fellow at The Atlanta Voice. The “Discover The Unexpected” journalism fellowship program is sponsored by Chevrolet. Check out more stories by the fellows by following the hashtag #DiscoverTheUnexpected on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about the program at nnpa.org/dtu.
Fellow, Atlanta Voice
Brelaun Douglas recently earned a bachelor of arts in print and online journalism from Howard University. Along with writing, Brelaun also has a passion for photography and seeks to capture the essence and emotion of a story in both words and pictures. Brelaun is from California and has worked as a reporter for the Howard University News Service and The DC Spotlight Newspaper. Her articles have appeared in The District Chronicles, the Trice Edney News Wire and various other publications across the country.