2019 Chevrolet Malibu Introduction

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.

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