Chevrolet Malibu Premier
Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier

Pros: Ample power from turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powertrain; good rear-seat space; nice ride and handling balance

Cons: Steering lacks feel; some high-tech features only available on top trim levels

CG Says: The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu loses its hybrid model and the topline Premier model gains standard 19-inch wheels and power sunroof. The Malibu midsize sedan was redesigned for 2016. The base powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder rated at 163 horsepower paired with a CVT automatic transmission and a stop/start system that aids city fuel economy. Topline Premier has a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 250 horsepower mated to a 9-speed automatic. Available safety features include low-speed automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear seat reminder. Wireless cell-phone charging is available. Ride quality is quite good. Handling is fine, though the steering is very light and almost devoid of feel. Malibu is a strong competitor in the fiercely competitive midsized-sedan market.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices L: $22,970
LS: $24,095
RS: $25,095
LT: $27,495
Premier: $34,195

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (L, LS, LT)
Horsepower
163
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Premier)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Chevrolet Malibu RS
2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash -NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 4
80%

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