What’s New on the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu?

December 13th, 2018 by

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2019 Malibu midsize car, which has a brand-new design with a sharp new grille and fascia, immediately attracts attention, and its elegant interior looks even more appealing. Another exciting addition to the Malibu lineup in 2019 is the sporty Malibu RS, which is stylish but affordable.

The freshly redesigned front fascia of the Malibu is striking. The 2019 Malibu looks sporty, chiseled, and chic from every angle and is especially impressive with available LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps and dual exhaust outlets. Step inside and you’ll find that the interior is roomy and quiet, and the available steering-wheel-mounted controls make it more elegant while providing sophisticated technology.

The Malibu lineup gets a distinctive appearance with the new RS. With the RS, the exterior is enriched by unique 18-inch machined wheels, black sport grille and bow tie emblems, an exposed dual exhaust design, a rear spoiler and RS badging. A power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel are provided inside.

The base 2019 Malibu has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and gets a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) provided by Chevy. According to EPA ratings, mileage has increased by two mpg as compared to last year due to the automatic CVT.

Chevy has equipped the Malibu with the latest Infotainment System 3 which is convenient to use and has the latest features.


1.5L Turbo

Using fuel-saving technologies like variable valve timing, direct injection and stop/start technology, the turbocharged 1.5L ECOTEC engine provides an energetic and responsive ride. It yields excellent figures of 36 mpg on the highway and a maximum highway range of up to 560 miles per tank.

The EPA-estimated figures are 36 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for the 1.5L ECOTEC engine.

Available 2.0L Turbo

The Malibu Premier is equipped with a 250-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged ECOTEC engine that gives an astonishing performance with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

EPA-Estimated figures are 32 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway for the 2.0L ECOTEC engine.


The Malibu Hybrid with its 1.8L hybrid engine and powertrain has awesome efficiency and style. It has several features like Driver Efficiency Gauge that allows monitoring of fuel usage and regeneration, and a standard eight-inch Driver Information Center in the 2019 version.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu Configurations

Chevrolet offers five trim levels for the Malibu in 2019. For those searching for a sedan with the lowest price, the base L trim with only the basic amenities is recommended. The LS and the LT trims offer more features, and the engine on all trims offers just the right power. The RS trim comes midway between the LS and the LT, while its looks are distinctive and sporty.

The Premier trim comes has perhaps the best features and is equipped with a more powerful motor. A Hybrid Malibu is also available with features akin to the LT.

A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine giving 160 hp and 184 pounds per foot of torque is provided in the base L trim, which has a CVT automatic, cruise control, 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, a backup camera, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. An eight-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are welcome updates to the infotainment system for 2019, with the addition of OnStar and a six-speaker audio system.

Even though the price of the LS trim is slightly higher, it has extra equipment and more optional features. Chevy’s Teen Driver system, 16-inch alloy wheels, a compass, exterior temperature display, and sun visors with vanity mirrors are available with the LS trim. The LS trim also has laminated side windows for noise reduction and a 4G LTE connection with Wi-Fi is also available.

The stylish RS trim has the following desirable features:

  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Black 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Spoiler
  • Blacked-out exterior trim pieces
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar.

Many additional options are available with both the LS and RS trim levels. For example, a remote starter and a seat-belt assurance system that enables the vehicle to shift out of park when the driver’s seat belt is buckled can be added. The eight-way power-adjustable seat can be optionally added to the LS can as well.

It is best to upgrade to the LT trim to get all features of the LS plus 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, dual-zone climate control, remote start, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated mirrors, seat-back map pockets, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, rear-seat air vents, rear-seat reading lamps, and satellite radio.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in the Malibu Hybrid is paired with an electric motor and produces a combined 182 hp and a striking 277 pounds per foot of torque. It may appear similar to the LT but with slight variations: it has heated seats and an electronic parking brake and optional LED tail lamps. The uniquely designed information display is part of the infotainment system, and an eight-inch color display replaces the trip computer. Instead of a spare tire, a tire repair and inflation kit is provided.

The remote starter, heated front seats and LED tail lamps are once again added by the Hybrid’s Convenience and Technology package.

Other packages available for both the LT and Hybrid include a Leather package with leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You can get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist and forward collision alert with the addition of the Driver Confidence packages I and II.

Those desiring all the LT’s features and everything included in the Convenience and Technology package and the Leather package should opt for the Premier trim. It has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, driver-seat memory settings, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, interior ambient lighting, a wireless charging pad, a 120-volt power outlet for the rear seat, heated outboard rear seats, and unique exterior styling cues.

The Drive Confidence package, Driver Confidence package II and the Confidence III package can be added to the Premier trim to avail an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, active parking assist, and an automatic forward collision avoidance system. The Premier Sun and Wheel package adds a dual-pane power sunroof, 19-inch wheels, and upgraded floor mats. The LT, Hybrid, and Premier can be equipped with a stand-alone sunroof option.

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