2019 Chevrolet Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
2019 Chevrolet Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.5L Turbo Gas I4, 160 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Chevrolet Malibu is a full-sized sedan that competes with both mid-sized cars such as the Toyota Camry, as well as several entry-level luxury cars. The Malibu has always featured a comfortable interior with plenty of room for an American-sized buying public, and this year is no different. The Malibu's wheelbase allows for plenty of space, and reduced weight over its predecessor aids in improved handling, fuel economy, and acceleration. Adding further value is the fact that the Malibu is available with a hybrid drivetrain, pushing mileage well into the 40 mpg range. Prices start at around $21,500.

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What's New For 2019

For 2019, the Chevrolet Malibu has redesigned front and rear, with a new grille, front fascia, and headlights. Out back, the rear fascia is also new, as are the dual-element taillights, with LED versions now available. A rearview camera is now standard, as is an 8-inch full-color touchscreen to control the infotainment system, which is now called Chevrolet Infotainment 3, rather than MyLink. Malibus equipped with the 1.5L turbo engine now feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Finally, a new RS trim adds some sportiness to the lineup, with 18-inch wheels and blacked-out exterior elements such as the grille and emblems.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
    • Braking control, ECM grade
    • Daytime Running Lamps, integral to headlamps
    • Airbags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail-mounted head-curtain for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable (Fleet orders receive a 3-month trial. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
    • Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Rear Seat Reminder
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), for child restraint seats
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Teen Driver
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, 8" diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo. Additional features for compatible phones include: Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices, voice command pass-through to phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable.
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Chevrolet 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Antenna, Black
    • Display, 8" diagonal LCD touch screen
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) aluminum
    • Tires, P205/65R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, spare, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
    • Tire, compact spare, T125/80R16
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Headlamps, halogen
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated, windshield and front side windows
    • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, manual-folding
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
    • Floor mats, carpeted front
    • Floor mats, carpeted rear
    • Steering wheel, 3-spoke
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
    • Compass display
    • Temperature display, outside
    • Warning indicator, front passenger seat belt
    • Windows, power with Express-Down on all
    • Door locks, power programmable
    • Keyless start
    • Keyless Open, front doors includes extended range Remote Keyless Entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Remote panic alarm
    • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
    • Air filter, cabin
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
    • Assist handle, front passenger
    • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp, dual reading lamps and illuminated trunk area
    • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
    • Trunk cargo anchors
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 1.5L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder DI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (160 hp [119.3 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 184 lb-ft torque [248.4 N-m] @ 2500-3000 rpm)
    • Transmission, Continuously Variable (CVT)
    • Engine control, stop-start system
    • Axle, 5.10 final drive ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
    • Suspension, rear 4-link, independent
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Brake rotors, Duralife
    • Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance
    • Brake, parking, manual
    • Fueling system, capless
    • Fuel door, push open
    • Tool kit, road emergency

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.8 x - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.3 x - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.7
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LFV
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.5L/91
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 160 @ 5700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 2500-3000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 194.2
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.0
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 102.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 32
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 36
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.0
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Malibu
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Four-Link
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - R83
    • Rear Tire Order Code - R83
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZAM
    • Front Tire Size - P205/65R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/65R16
    • Spare Tire Size - T125/80R16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MRG
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • Clutch Size (in) - N/A
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 5.10
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Midsize Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.5
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3135
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2019 Chevrolet Malibu Photos & Colors


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  • GAZ
  • GB8
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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.


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.


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.

Driving Impressions

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 “gears” 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.


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.

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