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2019 Chevrolet Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

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$12,992 — $22,988 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
26-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Rear legroom
  • Multimedia system
  • Ride and handling
  • Gas mileage (hybrid)
  • Refined lane departure prevention

The Bad

  • No interior trunk release button
  • Cabin materials and design (base and middle trims)
  • Road noise
  • 2.0-liter engine prefers premium gas
2019 Chevrolet Malibu exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu
  • Updated exterior styling
  • Newly available RS model
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay connectivity on most trims
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Teen Driver monitoring system available

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu?

The Malibu is Chevrolet's mid-size sedan that comes with gas-only or hybrid powertrains. Gas models use a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine except for the Premier, which has a 250-hp, turbo 2.0-liter. The Malibu Hybrid uses a 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder and a two-motor hybrid system to get an EPA-estimated combined 46 mpg. The Malibu competes with mid-size family cars such as the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.

What's New on the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu?

New front styling features a gaping grille, and the rear has a new look with updated taillamps. A new RS version comes with the 1.5-liter engine, and a continuously variable automatic transmission replaces a six-speed automatic on models with that engine. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 multimedia system includes an 8-inch touchscreen. The high-end Premier trim level now includes heated outboard rear seats.

What Features in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Are Most Important?

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and 4G LTE internet connectivity (data trial included) are present on most trim levels along with GM's Teen Driver monitoring system. The 1.5-liter and hybrid versions give economy-minded drivers gas-saving options.

Should I Buy the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu?

Aside from the fuel-sipping hybrid, the Malibu doesn't stand out from the crowd of mid-size sedans, all of which are attracting fewer shoppers as SUVs take over as the family vehicle of choice. The 2.0-liter engine provides sufficient acceleration but runs best on premium gas. Safety features such as blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available only on higher-priced trims, and if you want forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking, they're available only on the Premier.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
54 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Nicest car in our fleet

by PibberPibber from Copperas Cove Tx on April 18, 2021

Good gas mileage! Nice accessories and roomier than the compact cars we usually get! Lol! It’s still maneuverable and absolutely love the rear view camera(never had one before)! Read full review

(4.0)

Love the Car Disliked the service

by MIKKI from Homestead, Florida on April 7, 2021

The car is awesome as I stated the services at the Homestead Branch was Horrible led by the General Sales Manager Mr. Quinones who is not a very nice or decent human being. To say the least the young ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Chevrolet Malibu L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Malibu received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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