2021 Chevrolet Malibu

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$22,270

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2021 Chevrolet Malibu
2021 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

Base trim shown.

Overview

The good:

  • Rear legroom
  • Multimedia system
  • Ride and handling
  • Refined lane departure prevention

The bad:

  • No interior trunk release button
  • Cabin materials and design (lower trims)
  • Road noise
  • 2.0-liter engine prefers premium gas

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Chevrolet Malibu trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Choice of turbo four-cylinder engines
  • Wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Teen Driver monitoring system available
  • Automatic emergency braking available

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu?

The front-wheel-drive, five-seat Malibu is Chevrolet’s mid-size family sedan. Power comes from a standard 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. An optional 250-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder comes with a nine-speed automatic. The Malibu competes with mid-size cars such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

What’s New on the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu? 

The multimedia system’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity gains wireless capability, precluding the need for a cabled connection. A new Sport Edition for the LT trim level features black exterior accents, including a blacked-out grille with a dark-chrome surround, black 19-inch aluminum wheels and a black interior. A newly available Buckle to Drive feature prevents the car from being shifted out of Park before the driver’s seat belt is buckled.  

What Features in the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu Are Most Important?

  • Flexibility provided by wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 
  • 4G LTE internet connectivity (data trial included) on most trim levels 
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Available active safety features include blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights 

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Vs. 2021 Toyota Camry: How Do They Compare?

Both the Malibu and Camry have spacious cabins that are good for families, but where the Malibu relies on a choice of turbo four-cylinder engines, the Camry offers four-cylinder and V-6 power. The sedans’ fuel efficiency is comparable, but the Camry comes standard with important active safety features that are optional on the Malibu. 

Should I Buy the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu?

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 Malibu’s 2.0-liter engine provides sufficient acceleration but runs best on premium gas, and important active safety features are optional at a time when competitors have made them standard.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I love my car

This is my second Malibu and I love it. My first one was in 2018. I live the upgraded and updated version. Anna is always great.

5.0

Loving my new Malibu...

I've only had it for a few days but so far I'm extremely happy! It is very stylish and has exceeded my expectations. Highly Recommended.

5.0

2021 Chevy Malibu RS

By far one of the best vehicles I have owned. Comfortable stylish and sporty. Will definitely recommend this vehicle to friends and family. Please keep up the great work Chevy

See all 8 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet
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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