Let us now officially place “turbocharged” alongside “humdinger,” “nifty,” and “bodacious” in the pile of words that once denoted cool but, today, is just stuff old people say. Yes, enthusiasts, welcome to the modern reality of ubiquitous forced induction, where even the Chevy Malibu is offered with a turbo. In fact, it’s the same basic 2.0-liter turbo fitted to the Cadillac ATS, the Buick Verano, and the Buick Regal.
In addition to a 62-hp bump over the base 2.5-liter engine, to 259, turbo Malibus receive specific shock and steering tuning along with front and rear brake rotors that are almost an inch larger than brakes fitted to less potent Malibus.
You will see no "turbo" badges on this uplevel Malibu. It is simply a replacement for a V-6 powered Malibu, not a sporty model.