2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Original MSRP Range
$22,090 - $31,820
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
22 - 49 MPG City / 32 - 43 MPG Hwy
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2019 Chevrolet Malibu

What We Like

Handsome design; modern interior; comfortable ride; large infotainment screen

What We Don't

Mediocre base engine; 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder only available on most expensive trim; no all-wheel-drive variants

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.9/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu?

The Malibu gets a mild exterior makeover, as well as a sporty new RS model. A new 8-in reconfigurable driver information display and a new 8-in touchscreen radio are standard, while a new navigation radio is offered. The L trim receives a standard rear backup camera and all models equipped with the 1.5-liter turbo engine are now paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)See the 2019 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. Find a Chevrolet Malibu for sale

How Much Does a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Cost?

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu comes in five trim levels: L, LS, RS, LT and Premier.

The Malibu L ($22,965) is pretty basic, as it comes standard with only 16-in steel wheels with hubcaps, Bluetooth, a 6-speaker stereo, power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, rear backup camera, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an 8-in driver information display and keyless entry with push-button ignition. Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 infotainment system is now accompanied by an 8-in touchscreen radio featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Bluetooth streaming audio.

Next up is the LS ($24,095), which adds General Motor's OnStar system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 16-in alloy wheels, compass and outside temp display and front visor vanity mirrors.

The RS ($25,095) brings a blacked out sport grille, 18-in alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an 8-way power driver's seat.

From there, drivers can opt for the LT ($27,495), which adds 17-in alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate-control vents, satellite radio, LED running lights and heated mirrors.

Topping the range is the high-end Premier ($32,695), which offers a luxury-carlike array of features that includes the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 19-in wheels, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat, a wireless smartphone-charging system, heated rear seats, a navigation system and a 9-speaker Bose sound system.

The Malibu also offers a few options, most of which include features from higher trim levels. Also optional is a sunroof and two different Driver Confidence packages, which tout modern safety gadgets such as automatic high beams, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and even a self-parking system.

Malibu Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Malibu 4dr Sdn Hybrid w/1HY$28,220 / $27,204Hybrid12249 / 43AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn L w/1VL$22,090 / $22,0674 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 w/1LT$26,620 / $25,6614 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn Premier w/2LZ$31,820 / $30,6744 Cylinder Turbo25022 / 329-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Malibu 4dr Sdn RS w/1SP$24,220 / $23,3484 Cylinder Turbo16029 / 36Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Chevrolet Malibu Safety

Is the 2019 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 4 stars 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.

Behind the Wheel

On the road, the 2019 Malibu offers a lot of impressive characteristics. While it isn't the most engaging midsize sedan -- that honor goes to the Mazda6, with the Ford Fusion a close runner-up -- we vastly prefer the new Malibu's driving experience to that of the model that came before it. It's light on its feet, sporty and yet composed in corners. It also offers high levels of comfort and a cabin that's well-insulated from road and engine noise.

If there's one kink in the Malibu's otherwise excellent design, it's the rather weak 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. At 160 hp, this motor offers less power than any competitor, and even falls behind the engines in some compact cars such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Mazda3. We almost wish Chevy had kept the previous generation's 196-hp 4-cylinder -- which was one of the most potent among midsize sedans, returning 25 mpg city/36 mpg hwy, figures nearly identical to the current model's.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$39,246 ($0.52 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
Warranty

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
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
Packages
  • Leather Pkg
  • Driver Confidence Pkg
  • Convenience & Technology Pkg
  • Driver Confidence Pkg II
  • Appearance Pkg
  • Connectivity Pkg
  • Convenience Pkg 2

Competition

2019 Chevrolet Malibu vs the competition

2019 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.

2019 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.

2019 Honda Accord -- The Honda Accord remains among the best midsize sedans thanks to notorious durability, a roomy interior, reasonable pricing and a lot of different variants.

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 2015-2017 model, however.

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