Handsome design; modern interior; comfortable ride; large infotainment screen
Mediocre base engine; 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder only available on most expensive trim; no all-wheel-drive variants
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
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
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
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.