The biggest change is for the Malibus with the base 1.5-liter engine. Last year's 6-speed automatic has been replaced with a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). That improved the fuel efficiency, so that now the Malibu gets 29 city miles and 36 highway miles per gallon. There's also a new trim level, the Malibu RS, which we'll get to in a minute.
Inside the cabin, you'll find the 2019 Chevy Malibu boasts a brand new 8-inch driver information center, which features the new Infotainment 3 system, replacing Chevy's old MyLink system. On top of that, heated rear seats are a new option, useful when you want to pamper your backseat passengers.
Finally, the exterior has been updated so the Malibu sports a larger front grille, split by a chrome bar with the Chevrolet symbol boldly pinned there. Minor changes were made to the rear as well.
Introducing the Malibu RS Trim
Chevy has added another trim level for the 2019 model year with the addition of the sporty-looking mid-tier Chevy Malibu RS. Starting at just under $26,000, this trim level comes with everything available on the lower tiers, plus a black grille, unique 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust, spoiler, blacked-out exterior trim pieces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar. The Malibu RS is sure to turn heads as this car flies by.
Comfort and Class
The Chevy Malibu is the ultimate commuter and family car thanks to its abundant head- and legroom, plus wide, supportive seats. If comfort is paramount or you have a long commute, a car like this can save you from aches and pains you didn't know you could get just from sitting. The ride is silky smooth as well, even with sharp and responsive steering.
With the Infotainment 3 system, life in a Malibu just got even better. This easy-to-use and lightning-quick system looks and feels seamlessly at home in the Malibu cabin. Big icons on the touchscreen, combined with physical knobs make controlling the system a breeze. Turn on Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for smartphone integration and it's like someone just super-sized your phone and put it on wheels.