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Chevrolet Malibu

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Pros and cons

  • Wide choice of trim levels
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Hybrid drivetrain available
  • CVT can hinder engine response
  • Advanced driver aids limited to top trim
  • Big pillars can compromise visibility
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags10

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas or Hybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption4.8 - 10.8 L/100km
  • Highway consumption5.5 - 7.1 L/100km
  • Width1854 mm
  • Length4865 - 4933 mm
  • Trunk space328 - 462 L
  • Cargo space328 - 462 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Chevrolet Malibu 2016 - present is available in 6 trims:

L trim features and specs

Available with the L trim:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the L trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the L trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Start stop system
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

RS trim features and specs

Available with the RS trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the RS trim:
  • Alloy wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the RS trim:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

LS trim features and specs

Available with the LS trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LS trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LS trim:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Hybrid trim features and specs

Available with the Hybrid trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Hybrid trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Hybrid trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Hybrid trim:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

LT trim features and specs

Available with the LT trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LT trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the LT trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LT trim:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Premier trim features and specs

Available with the Premier trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Premier trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Premier trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Fatigue warning system (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Premier trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Android Auto (optional)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Overview

Learn about the Chevrolet Malibu

Summary

The Chevrolet Malibu is a safe and reliable mid-size sedan that seats five and offers plenty of trunk space. If you're the kind of driver who likes added features, we recommend comparing models across all trim levels, include the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, which has been fully redesigned and widely available since 2016. The Chevrolet Malibu comes with many features crafted to help you save on gas and keep you safe on the road. More recent models have extra legroom for your growing family or for taking trips with your friends.

Safety

While the Chevrolet Malibu has several active safety features—many were added between 2013 and 2016—you'll find that the base trim level is missing most of these perks. Nevertheless, the Chevrolet Malibu is considered a very safe car with or without these available perks. Though, if you want to opt for that extra security, add-on features available on newer Malibus include:

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert—available since 2015—which tells you when something out of view from your rear camera is approaching your car
  • Electronic Stability Control to help you turn corners better
  • Lane Departure Warning to alert you when your car is veering out of the lane
  • Brake Assist to help you stop faster to avoid a collision

Base trims across all model years ensure your safety with standard features like airbags and child safety locks. Malibus as old as 2008 come standard on all trims with antilock disc brakes and traction control to keep you from skidding on slippery surfaces and front-seat side and side curtain airbags.

Interior

Chevrolet gave drivers a fully redesigned generation in 2016, but one of the new design traits that came with it compromised rear visibility, thanks to the pulled back windshield pillars. The interior of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is described as attractive, with its use of high-quality materials, available sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Look for higher trims if you want perks like a heated steering wheel, heated seats and ambient lighting.

Technology

The Chevrolet Malibu's infotainment system is consistently described as intuitive and user-friendly. Here are some technology highlights:

  • Standard WiFi hotspot since 2015
  • USB Ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—available since 2016
  • Hands-free calling and texting

Further technological add-ons, such as Bose speakers, are available at the higher trim levels. Older models, such as from 2009, come standard with keyless entry, a six-speaker CD player with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack so you can play your own tunes.

Space

If you spend a lot of time travelling with backseat passengers, we suggest looking no further back than the 2016 model, as some drivers claim that previous models lacked in rear legroom. From 2016 onward, the cabin interior is roomy and comfortable for the driver and passengers, and trunk space has always been ample. 

Comfort

As of 2019, all base models come standard with continuously variable transmission, or CVT, which is an automatic transmission that seamlessly shifts across multiple gears. Continuously variable transmission improves fuel economy. However, it can affect your car's responsiveness. Other than that, the Chevrolet Malibu is a smooth and quiet ride, making it a perfect family car. It features a 1.5 or 2.0 Turbo four-cylinder engine, while the hybrid level comes with a 1.8 four-cylinder engine.

Frequently asked questions

As of 2008, Chevrolet Malibu vehicles have been assembled in Kansas and Michigan. Previous assembly sites included Canada and Mexico.

No, the Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with a four-cylinder engine across all trim levels.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) is the only available drivetrain across all trim levels, but this allows more space for extra cargo and passengers.

The Chevrolet Malibu has been available as a hybrid model since 2008. Chevrolet has several hybrid options in their fleet.

The Chevrolet Malibu has gone through nine generations since 1964. Its most recent 2016 changes include curvy lines, as well as redesigned headlights and taillights.