2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Malibu L include ECOTEC 1.5L I-4 160hp intercooled turbo engine, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

2019 Chevrolet
Malibu Sedan

Starting at: $22,090

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  • 2019 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS Sedan

    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    MPG Range:
    Exterior Color:
    Silver Ice Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    Front Bucket Seats, Radio: Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System
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  • 2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS Sedan

    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    MPG Range:
    Exterior Color:
    Mosaic Black,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    Front Bucket Seats, Radio: Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System
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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Emergency communication system - OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 160hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 73.9mm x 86.4mm (2.91" x 3.40")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,418kg (3,126lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,933mm (194.2")
  • Exterior body width - 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,830mm (111.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.6m (18.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,054mm (41.5")
  • Rear legroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear headroom - 953mm (37.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,374mm (54.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,356mm (53.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,486mm (58.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Passenger volume - 2,914L (102.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 445 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 445 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 160hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - continuously variable automatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 32mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.8gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 29mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 36mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Tracker system - OnStar Guidance
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 205/65SR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/65SR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
L 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan L Search New $22,090   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  29 / 36  
LS w/1FL 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS w/1FL Search New $23,220   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  29 / 36  
LS w/1LS 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS w/1LS Search New $23,220   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  29 / 36  
RS 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan RS Search New $24,220   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  29 / 36  
LT 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LT Search New $26,620   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  29 / 36  
Premier 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Premier Search New $31,820   250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  22 / 32  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

Malibus ride and handle well, while turbocharged engines deliver excellent performance. Healthy torque output from the 1.5-liter turbo means the engine doesn’t have to rev to achieve usable power. Chevrolet’s continuously variable transmission works nicely with that turbo-4. Simulated “gearsâ€� eliminate the rubber-band sensation that plagued older CVTs.

The optional 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-4 gives the sedan excellent acceleration. Working with a 9-speed automatic, it makes solid, confident highway passing possible.

The Malibu’s suspension smothers bumps readily, yielding a ride that’s tuned for comfort over sporty behavior. Benefiting from quick, accurate steering, each Malibu handles confidently, taking advantage of the nicely poised chassis. RS and Premier trim levels ride on 18-inch alloy wheels that provide a bit more grip than smaller rubber, but reflexes are no sharper.

Malibu Hybrids can travel as rapidly as 55 mph using electric power alone. Unlike rival hybrids, the Malibu Hybrid lacks an “EV” mode; it can’t be driven on battery power alone. Weighing 3,500 pounds, a Malibu Hybrid can accelerate to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

Hybrids, as expected, beat the pack in fuel economy. A Malibu with the 1,5-liter engine and new CVT is reasonably thrifty, EPA-rated at 29/36 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined. Premier trim, with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that needs premium gasoline, is EPA-rated at 22/32 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. The Malibu Hybrid earns an EPA estimate of 49/43/46 mpg.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Even before its styling touch-up for 2019, the Malibu had carefully-positioned curves and body lines. Freshening makes Malibu look better than ever.

Chrome lines emanate from the extra-wide grille, reaching into narrow headlights that appear to squint. A sloping roofline and large side windows, along with a cleanly tapered tail, make the sedan look almost like a hatchback. Three side windows below the long roofline add to the upscale aura. Bodysides are on the voluptuous side, but restrained.

Blacked-out trim and 18-inch alloy wheels give the new Malibu RS a sporty demeanor.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Roomy and comfortable, as well as pleasantly laid-out, the Malibu’s cabin handles passengers and their cargo well.

Front seats are supportive, as are the nicely-sculpted rear seats. Rear passengers get 38.1 inches of legroom and 37.5-inch head clearance. Three-abreast seating is feasible, thanks to 53.4-inch hip room. Most trim levels have an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Some interior trim may strike drivers as unusual, such as the mesh-like fabric that covers dashboards on models with cloth seats. Matched vinyl, as used on Malibus with leather seats, works better.

Outward vision is good. Most controls are grouped below an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard. Unlike some rivals that favor transmission pushbuttons, Chevrolet has retained the traditional gearshift lever.

The Malibu’s sloping rear end reduces trunk space somewhat, to 15.8 cubic feet. The Hybrid’s trunk is smaller, at 11.6 cubic feet, due to positioning of its battery pack.


New Car Test Drive

The 2019 Chevy Malibu offers attractive styling, a quiet demeanor and a comfortable ride, as well as a well-executed hybrid edition. Of the non-hybrids, the best bet is probably the LT edition, though even the basic L sedan is a reasonably good value in a basic sedan.


Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Prices do not include $875 destination charge.

Malibu L ($22,090) comes with the 1.5-liter engine, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, cruise control, and 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.

LS ($23,220) adds acoustic glass, Teen Driver alert, 16-inch alloy wheels, and GM’s OnStar 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot.

RS ($24,220) gets blacked-out trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, power lumbar support, and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rear spoiler, but no suspension changes.

LT ($26,620) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, heated power mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and rear-seat climate vents.

Premier ($31,820) switches to the 2.0-liter engine with 9-speed transmission and adds Bose audio, a high-definition touchscreen with navigation, leather seat upholstery, cooled front seats, power passenger seat, heated outboard rear seats, heated steering wheel, LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels.

Hybrid ($28,220) is equipped like LT, with a gasoline/electric powertrain that includes a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. Standard features include a power driver’s seat, heated power mirrors, cloth upholstery, and 17-inch wheels.

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