A midsize sedan can do wonders, despite the world being dominated by SUVs and other luxury sedans. Various advantages come with a midsize sedan. It is affordable and can be driven easily by all the family members. Moreover, in the tight spaces, the midsize sedans are easier to handle. The 2019 Chevy Malibu, is a good shot taken by Chevrolet but misses the bullseye.
However, the design is influenced by the crossover rivals and yet, the brand aimed to make it a midsize sedan. Malibu can compete well with the rivals in the segment such as Accord, Camry and Sonata. But, the rivals come with better numbers. Various trim levels are available to choose from. The overall efficiency and the performance of the sedan is decent. And if the design was inclined a bit more towards the sedan, it would have been a better option.
What is new in 2019 Chevy Malibu?
- RS Trim is the new addition in the line-up
- CVT is available with the base engine
- Addition of features in some trim levels
- Roomy seats
- Great ride quality
- Infotainment system is user-friendly
- Lack of quality in-cabin materials
- Lack of support in seats
- Low-reliability rating
Trims available in 2019 Chevy Malibu
For 2019, Chevy Malibu is available in five different trim levels. All of these trim levels differ based on the availability of the infotainment features and the active safety features. moreover, the engine size and the power also vary from the base trim to the top trim.
2019 Chevy Malibu L
Malibu L is the entry-level model or the base trim which comes with the most basic features. The trim starts at about $22,000 and brings complete cloth upholstery inside the cabin. The cloth upholstery is not that plush and can be upgraded in the later trim levels. There are a few safety features such as rearview mirror and Rear Passenger Reminder. The infotainment system has an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
2019 Chevy Malibu LS
Moving further up, the LS trim comes with more number of standard features. The list includes an upgraded infotainment system along with Teen Driver System and a Wi-Fi hotspot. These are not available in the base trim. The LS trim starts at $23,220. The active safety features are also upgraded in this trim. Prominent options available are the collision warning, lane change alert, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
2019 Chevy Malibu RS
RS is the latest addition in the trims line-up. This starts at $24,220. There is not much difference in the LS trim level and the RS trim level. All the features almost remain the same. Only the price tag is higher by $1000.
2019 Chevy Malibu LT
Right before the range-topping model, the LT trim sees a leap of $2000 in the base price. But on the other hand, there are plentiful features added in the cabin. important features like automatic dual-zone climate control, remote start and satellite are the major highlights. The options available for active safety features are also quite useful. However, they remain the same as the LS and the RS model.
2019 Chevy Malibu Premier
The Premier trim starts at about $31,000. With this difference in price, comes the quality and the comfort features which are not available in the lower trim levels. The trim level features a 250-hp turbo-four engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Not only that, but the cabin also gets heated and ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat and a heated steering wheel. Moreover, the infotainment system is also upgraded. It comes with a wider HD screen, Bose Audio system and a USB outlet.
Which 2019 Chevy Malibu We Recommend?
When it comes to getting the right trim which offers the best value, the LS trim is a great choice as it will cost lesser but will give more features than the base model. So, if the power of the engine is not the priority, LS will suffice to the budget and at the same time, give a good number of active safety features and a good infotainment system. 2020 Chevy Malibu also holds some new and premium packages with the best safety test ratings in this segment.
2019 Chevy Malibu Performance
Engine & Transmission
For 2019, the new Chevy Malibu comes with two engine options. The entry-level trim to the LT trim, the sedan is equipped with a 160-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The engine is coupled with an FWD drivetrain. The CVT is also available for the base trim beside the higher trim levels. The second option available is the 250-hp engine. This is available only in the range-topping model and comes mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission and an FWD drivetrain.
When it comes to acceleration, the new Malibu offers a decent experience right off the line. The standard 1.5-L mill offers a good amount of acceleration, but with the 2.0-Litre one, it completely changes. The latter offers a far better and punchy experience and thus makes the driving less boring. All thanks to the 250 hp 2.0 L motor, it goes from a complete standstill to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds, while the standard 1.5 L motor takes a bit more to reach 60 mph.
Ride & Handling
The base engine is not exactly the best option. The acceleration is weak and the power drawn is also sluggish. But, for the power enthusiasts, the 250-hp turbocharged engine can do wonders. The acceleration is sharp. The ride is comfortable and the adjustable nature of the steering wheel makes it easy to drive. The steering wheel is heated in the upper trim levels for additional comfort. In terms of cabin noise, almost all of the outside noise is filtered, thereby making the cabin silent.
Braking is a part where the Malibu feels smooth and easy to drive. All thanks to its well-tuned pedal, the process feels easy and smooth. Whether on the city roads or on an interstate, the brakes make this maneuverable and thus make the driver feel more confident at all times. The car takes just 113 feet to come to a complete standstill form 60 mph, which is quite impressive in its class.
Chevy Impala Fuel Economy
The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu has a decent fuel efficiency with both the engines. The standard 1.5L 160-hp engine offers a mileage of about 29 mpg in city roads and about 36 mpg on the highways. Surprisingly, the 250-hp motor also offers a similar mileage figure as that of the smaller engine.
2019 Chevy Malibu Interior
The cabin is designed while keeping the comfort of the passengers in mind. However, to keep the prices affordable, there is a noticeable compromise in the cabin materials. On the other hand, the seats are quite spacious. The cabin is ideal for 5 passengers. Two rows offer plenty of space for the 6-footers. There is enough legroom and headroom for tall passengers. But there is a down point regarding the seats. They are not supportive enough for long journeys, which makes them not ideal for long drives. Also, the cheap quality materials used in the cabin make it look dated and unrefined compared to the rivals. Adding to this, the lack of soft-touch materials further takes a toll on the overall comfort.
- 8-inch infotainment screen
- HD screen in the range-topper
- Wireless charging
- 9-speaker audio system
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard across all trims
- Charging port and USB port
- Inbuilt navigation system
- Chevrolet smart and intuitive touch screen
- Satellite and HD Radio
The infotainment system is one of the most attractive features. The infotainment system is upgraded and made more refined than the previous generation to cater to the needs of the passengers and the driver.
How much will a 2019 Chevy Malibu cost?
All the above prices are mentioned considering that the user will drive Malibu for about 5 years. Any asset you own will undergo depreciation, the moment you own it. similarly, the Malibu also undergoes depreciation. The depreciation at the end of 5 years results in about $11,141. So, this is the minimum cost that a person will have to lose at the time of resale at the end of 5 years.
2019 Chevy Malibu Competition
2019 Chevy Malibu VS 2019 Honda Accord
Honda cars usually have an upper edge against the other cars in the segment. The Accord is one tough competitor that is ahead of the Malibu in various aspects. The most important difference in the quality of the cabin. The Accord sports a well-designed cabin as Honda uses a better quality of materials and is also quite spacious than what the Malibu offers. The number of infotainment features is also more than the Malibu. Besides the infotainment system, the upscale cabin also has a good set of active safety features.
2019 Chevy Malibu VS 2019 Toyota Camry
One of the major differences between them is performance. If the criterion is a good performance and the budget is not an issue, the Camry comes in as a better option. Moreover, the quality of the interiors offered with the Camry is also better. The only thing which makes the Malibu more attractive in this competition is its lower price tag. Other than this, the Camry gets the upper hand.
What We Think about the 2019 Chevy Malibu?
2019 Chevy Malibu is a good midsize-sedan but it looks like it has lost the track in the midway. The quality of the interior materials and the cabin experience can be improved by incorporating upscale materials and by making the seats more supportive and comfortable. The infotainment features and active safety features are quite attractive but the improvements can be made on the grounds of performance, especially in the lower trim levels.
Keshav Katyal is a person who is an admirer of everything with an engine, and especially when it comes to the American muscle and Japanese imports. He drives his ’10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. During his leisure time, he loves playing with Legos or just reading about upcoming cars and bikes or just working on his ride in the garage.