Chevrolet Malibu 2019 – Review

Chevrolet Malibu 2019

The forever-ritzy Chevrolet Malibu is back this year with more style and plentiful new features up its sleeves. The front wheel drive Malibu isn’t only fuel-efficient but in mid-sized sedans; it is very spacious and roomy which makes it perfect to be a modern family sedan. Moreover, if you want to save extra on fuel consumption, we recommend that you should consider the hybrid model.

  • Estimated Price: $22,965 – $32,545
  • Overall score: 4.0/5

New Additions in Chevrolet Malibu:

So, what’s new in the 2019’s Malibu? The new model is a reform, with an entirely new grille and fascia. This year is going to see the debut of new sporty Chevrolet Malibu RS. Chevy improvised thee PA mileage using the CVT powertrain, and the new model equips more advanced technological features like an 8-inch driver information system, cell phone integration, which comes with both Apple Car play and Android Auto.

Moreover, it has built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and Teen driver technology, which enables parents to observe the driving habits of their young drivers. You can view the progress of the young drivers from the in-vehicle report card that is visible on the infotainment system display. These new features make a place for Chevrolet Malibu in the list of best first car for use.

Elegant Chevrolet Malibu Dashboard with new features
Chevrolet Malibu Dashboard

Further, latest technological features include Available forward collision alert, available lane change alert with side blind zone alert, low speed forward automatic braking, rear park assistant, front pedestrian braking, rear cross traffic alert, and Intellibeam headlamps.

Safety features:

On the safety side, Chevrolet Malibu has ten airbags, including stability control and OnStar that can directly dial for help in case of any unfortunate incident.
Mileage comparison in different trims:

The L, LS, RS, & LT trims having 1.5 L inline-4 turbocharged engine has a mileage of 29 mpg in cities and 36 mpg on highways. The 2.0 L turbocharged Premier trim has a mileage of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on highways. Last but not least, the 1.8 L Hybrid trim has a mileage of 49 mpg in the city whereas 43 mpg on highways.


Design Details:

• Interior

Chevrolet has done a great job in creating the interior of Chevrolet’s Malibu. It is indeed an alluring piece of interior. The infotainment system’s appearance is a delightful sight. It contains knobs & buttons and has big icons on display. Apart from, the big and transparent gauges, the curvy view from the dashboard is classic.

Moreover, the seats of Malibu are very comfortable and spacious; a person of anybody build-up can comfortably sit in the front passenger seat whereas the rear seats are well suited for tall passengers as there is plenty of legroom for them.

Chevrolet Malibu Interior
Chevrolet Malibu Interior

• Exterior

Chevrolet has redesigned the exterior of Chevrolet’s Malibu to elevate your style. It has sleek, sporty sculpted aerodynamics and a new grille. Also, there are integrated headlights and dual exhaust outlets. It also has two folded taillights and has wheel sizes ranging from 16 inches to 19 inches.

 

Red Chevrolet Malibu Exterior Design
Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

Specs and Configurations:

The 2019 Chevrolet’s Malibu is from the 9th generation, and it comes with five trims. The base model is the L trim, and it is least expensive in its category. Other models are LS, RS, LT, and the Premier trim, which is fully loaded. All the models L, LS, RS, and LT come with 1.5 liters four-cylinder turbocharged engine. It can produce a torque of 184 pounds/feet at 2,000-4,000 rpm and a horsepower of 160 at 5,600 rpm. In addition to this, they also come attached with a CVT, i.e., continuously variable automatic transmission.

The strength of Chevrolet Malibu.
Chevrolet Malibu Engine

However, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated with electric motors of 55 kW and 76 kW, which produces a combined horsepower of 182 at 5,000 rpm and a remarkable 277 pounds/feet of torque at 4,750 rpm. Moreover, this model comes with heated seats and an electronic parking brake.

Hybrid Features:

These features are similar to the Hybrid LT trim. The Hybrid’s comfort and technologically advanced package makes it a more favorable one. On the other hand, the Premier trim has all the right things packed in one place. It contains qualities of all the trims,i.e., convenience, technology, style, and leather. In addition, the engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder having a nine-speed automatic transmission. It can produce an impressive 250 hp power at 5,300 rpm and 260 lb. /ft. torque at 1,700 rpm.

Furthermore, it comes with 18-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, power adjustable passenger seat, memory settings for the driver’s seat, navigation, a nine-speaker stereo system, wireless charging pad. Besides, that is not all; you can upgrade the Premier with Driver confidence packages 1&2 or the confidence package 3, which makes it a way too chic. With these upgrades, electronic parking brake, active parking assistant, adaptive cruise control and an automatic forward collision avoidance system will add up in technology.

If you upgrade to the Premier Sun and Wheel package, then a double paneled power sunroof and 19-inch wheels will add, and the floor mats will improve. This sunroof upgrade is also available for LT and Hybrid trims.

FeatureLT SedanLS SedanPremium Sedan
Engine TypeGasGasGas
TransmissionContinuously variable speed automaticContinuously variable speed automatic9-speed shift-able automatic
Drive trainFWDFWDFWD
CylindersInline 4Inline 4Inline 4
Base engine size1.5 L1.5 L2.0 L
Fuel economy29/36 mpg29/36 mpg22/32 mpg
Horsepower160 hp @ 5700 rpm160 hp @5700 rpm250 hp@ 5300 rpm
Torque184 ft./lbs. @ 2500 rpm184 ft./lbs. @ 2500 rpm260 ft/lbs. @ 2000 rpm

Conclusion

Chevrolet Malibu is back with luxurious style and efficient performance. It is also a mini Sedan because of its roomy space and incredible interior. Options (hybrid, turbo) are available for the lover to choose their best vehicle. In short, this is perfect to buy with a handsome price.

About Talha Khan:

A petrolhead blogger. Tweaking the life's engine one part at a time.

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