2020 Malibu New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu is one of GM's best-known and longest-running family sedans. It's sensible and likable, and this year it's been revamped.
For the 2019 model year, styling has been freshened, front and rear. Malibus with the 1.5-liter engine have a new continuously variable transmission (CVT). A new RS trim level includes blacked-out trim and 18-inch wheels. GM's new infotainment system includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation available.
Five Malibu trim levels are offered: L, LS, LT, new RS, and top-end Premier.
Three powertrains are available. Most Malibus contain a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated at 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) can effectively simulate conventional 'geared'? shifts. Only the Premier edition can get the optional 250-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-4.
Fuel-efficiency devotees can select the Malibu Hybrid, estimated at 46 mpg in Combined driving. In the Hybrid, a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, rated at 122 horsepower, teams with an electric motor and 1.5-kwh lithium-ion battery. Combined output totals 182 horsepower.
Malibus have performed well in crash-testing. The NHTSA gave the Malibu a five-star rating overall. The Malibu with active-safety technology has been rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
Malibu buyers must select two extra-cost packages to get the latest safety equipment. Only LT and Premier trim levels can have the Driver Confidence Package, which adds blind-spot monitors and parking sensors. Active lane control, low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and automatic headlights are included in Driver Confidence Package II. Full-speed automatic emergency braking and adaptive controls are included in Driver Confidence Package III, optional only on range-topping Premier trim..
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..