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2019 Chevrolet Malibu
Select a Different Model (5 Available): L Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 24051
MPG (EPA) 27 CTY /36 HWY
Horsepower 160@5700
Torque 184@2500
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2019 Chevrolet Malibu MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Quick acceleration with the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four
  • Comfortable ride and adequate handling
  • The new sporty RS model

You Won't Like

  • Feels underpowered with the 1.5-liter turbo-four
  • Lackluster interior
  • Driver-assist packages are not available below the LT trim

New for 2019

Chevrolet refreshed the 2019 Malibu with redesigned front and rear ends, an optional 8.0-inch instrument panel screen, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen displaying Chevrolet's updated infotainment system, and a new CVT that replaces the outgoing six-speed automatic on the base engine.

Trim Levels

The Malibu is the automaker's second-largest sedan, slotting below the full-size Impala and above the smaller Cruze, Sonic, and Spark models.

2019 Malibu L: The Malibu's base trim includes 16-inch steel wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a proximity key, push-start ignition, three USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, and a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display.

2019 Malibu LS: Move up to the LS and the Malibu adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and the Teen Driver feature (allows owners to track a driver's driving habits and set driving restrictions).

2019 Malibu RS: Building off the Malibu LS' features, the RS goes for a sporty look with 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, black exterior bowties, dual-exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler, a unique black grille, and RS badging.

2019 Malibu LT: Also building off the Malibu LS' features, the LT comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, remote engine start, and LED taillights.

2019 Malibu Hybrid: The Malibu Hybrid includes LT features and adds a hybrid powertrain, the new 8.0-inch instrument panel display, an upgraded version of the infotainment system, and an electric parking brake. Unlike the non-hybrid Malibu LT, the Malibu Hybrid base model doesn't include heated seats or remote start as standard.

2019 Malibu Premier: Offered with the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, the Premier is the top trim of the Malibu that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, six-way power passenger's seat, ventilated front seats, perforated leather-trimmed seats, an 8.0-inch instrument panel display, interior ambient lighting, a Bose audio system, a navigation system, heated rear seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, wireless phone charging, and LED headlights.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The front-drive 2019 Malibu is powered by a base 1.5-liter turbo-four that produces 163 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Now backed by a CVT, the EPA's fuel economy rating is 29/36 mpg city/highway (better than last year's 27/36 mpg). The optional 250-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter turbo-four is backed by a nine-speed automatic and is rated at 22/32 mpg. The Malibu Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter I-4 engine, a CVT, an electric drive motor, and a generator motor. The 2018-model-year hybrid sedan is rated at 49/43 mpg and total system output is 182 hp and 277 lb-ft.

Safety

The 2018 Malibu was awarded the NHTSA's highest overall safety rating of five stars. In IIHS testing, the Malibu received the highest rating of Good for all crash tests with the exception of the Marginal score for the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The highest rating of Superior was issued for the front crash prevention test because the sedan avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the speed of a 25-mph collision by 24 mph with the optional emergency automatic braking feature found in the Driver Confidence II package. With the less advanced low-speed emergency automatic braking feature found in the Driver Confidence package, the sedan received the second-highest score of Advanced by avoiding a 12-mph collision and reducing the speed of a 25-mph collision by 9 mph.

Available on the LT, Hybrid and Premier trims, the Driver Confidence package consists of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Also available on those same trims, the Driver Confidence II package includes forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, and low-speed emergency automatic braking with pedestrian detection. The Premier trim's Driver Confidence III package adds adaptive cruise control, an automatic parking system, an electric parking brake, and automatic emergency braking.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The 2019 Malibu can fit 15.8 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk, but the hybrid holds less at 11.6 cubic feet due to the battery pack. Front- and rear-seat legroom is 45.3 and 38.1 inches, respectively.

Technology

The 2019 Malibu's standard tech is ample and includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen displaying the brand's latest infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three USB ports, proximity key, and a 3.5-inch instrument panel display. The LS trim adds a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and the Teen Driver feature. Remote engine start and SiriusXM satellite radio are equipped on the LT trim. The Malibu Hybrid includes the new 8.0-inch instrument panel display and an upgraded version of the infotainment system. Opting for the top Premier trim will get you a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a navigation system, two additional USB ports for the rear seats, wireless phone charging, and LED headlights.

What We Think

In First Drive review of the refreshed 2019 Chevrolet Malibu, we enjoyed the sedan's comfortable highway ride in RS form, but wished it had more passing power and less road noise. Also, at full throttle, the engine gets very buzzy. On back roads, the Malibu offers competent handling dynamics with accurate steering and linear braking responses. Overall, we felt the RS model offered good value even though the Malibu's dull interior and underpowered base engine hurt the sedan's competitiveness. We concluded by saying, "…the Malibu, and especially the sporty RS trim, delivers a well-rounded package that will likely attract paycheck-restricted buyers who wince at the content-packed but more-expensive Honda and Toyota."

In a First Test review of the 2017 Malibu Premier, we liked the quick acceleration of the 2.0-liter turbo-four backed by the nine-speed automatic (even with four passengers). On winding roads, the Malibu was nimble and performed well. The interior is spacious and standard tech on the Premier trim is plentiful. With the exception of poor headlight performance and lots of interior chrome that can blind the driver during daylight, we had very few complaints and said, "…the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu with the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 and nine-speed automatic combo should be on every midsize family sedan's to-drive list."

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2019 CHEVROLET MALIBU SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic Continuously Variable Automatic
Trim
L Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
160@5700
Standard MPG
27/36
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic Continuously Variable Automatic

Std Std

Exterior Color, Silver Ice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 4.2-Inch

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 5.100

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.8 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$91 $100

Start/Stop

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

$36 $40

Window, Rear

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Driver

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Doors And Instrument Panel Alloy Look On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Warranty Full Service, 24 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Dark Atmosphere/Medium Ash Gray Cloth

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Audio System, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Macpherson Front w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P205/65HR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Steel with Wheelcovers

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated