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.