2020 Chevrolet Malibu

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
22--29 MPG City / 32--36 MPG Hwy
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2020 Chevrolet Malibu

What We Like

  • Handsome design
  • Modern interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Large infotainment screen
  • Hybrid fuel economy

What We Don't

  • Mediocre base engine
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder only available on most expensive trim
  • No all-wheel drive (AWD) variants
  • Advanced driver assist systems are optional and only on up-level trims


Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu?

For 2020, the Chevrolet Malibu gets a new Redline package, while the Premier model gains a power sunroof and 19-in aluminum wheels. See the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu models for sale near you

Which Malibu is the Best?

If you're choosing a Malibu, it's hard not to pick the upscale Premier model. In addition to touting high-end features such as a navigation system and ventilated seats, it also comes standard with some must-haves, including a more powerful 2.0-liter engine, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power passenger seat. Opt for one of Chevy's Driver Confidence packages and you're basically driving a luxury car. Those interested in maximum fuel efficiency should check out the hybrid. Find a Chevrolet Malibu for sale

Malibu Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Malibu 4dr Sdn L$22,095 / $22,0724 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn LS w/1FL$23,220 / $22,3844 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn LS w/1LS$23,220 / $22,3844 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn LT$26,620 / $25,6614 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn Premier$33,320 / $32,1204 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 329-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn RS$24,220 / $23,3484 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu a Safe Car?

In government crash tests, the Chevrolet Malibu earned an overall 5-star rating, with 5-star scores in the front- and side-impact tests and a 4-star rating in the rollover test. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Malibu its highest rating of Good in every crash test except the passenger side small overlap front test, which earned a Marginal rating. The Malibu earned a Superior rating in the crash avoidance and mitigation category.

As for safety features, the Malibu has a lot to offer. All Malibu models offer standard antilock brakes, side-curtain airbags and GM's Rear Seat Reminder, which helps remind the driver to check the rear seat for children or pets before exiting the vehicle. The latest Malibu also touts a wide range of safety options, from forward-collision warning with automatic braking to lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind spot monitoring system and more.

Frontal Crash Rating
Rollover Rating
5 Year Cost to Own

$32,489 ($0.43 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics


2020 Chevrolet Malibu vs the competition

2020 Volkswagen Passat -- The Passat offers more rear seat room, but slightly worse fuel economy. The Passat's base engine is more powerful than the Malibu's standard offering, and its driving characteristics are more athletic.

2020 Ford Fusion -- The Fusion is an excellent contender in this popular segment, boasting handsome styling, forward-thinking technology and several available models, including a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and an AWD variant.

2020 Honda Accord -- The Honda Accord remains among the best midsize sedans thanks to notorious durability, a roomy interior, outstanding resale, reasonable pricing and a lot of different variants.

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid -- The Camry Hybrid offers a reliable, familiar package, a roomy interior and better fuel economy figures than the Malibu Hybrid. Unlike the Chevy, the Camry Hybrid offers three trims from which to choose. Like the Accord, the Camry comes standard with a host of driver-assist safety features optional on the Malibu.

Used Chevrolet Impala -- If you like the Malibu's general design and interior but need more space, consider Chevrolet's larger Impala. Higher pricing means you may need to consider a used 2016-2018 model, however.

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