Chevrolet Malibu Premier
Chevrolet Malibu

2021 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 2021 Chevrolet Malibu gains wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality and a Buckle to Drive safety feature. There is also a new Sport Appearance Package. The Malibu midsize sedan was redesigned for 2016.

The Malibu’s 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.

The Malibu has competent road manners, with fine handling and good ride quality. However, the steering is very lightly weighted and almost devoid of feel. Nonetheless, the Malibu’s other virtues shine through, making it 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: $23,065
LS: $24,195
RS: $25,195
LT: $27,595
Premier: $34,295

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.5-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)
33

Chevrolet Malibu RS
2021 Chevrolet Malibu RS
Road Tests and Additional Info
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash -5
100%
Side Crash - 4
80%
Rollover - 4
80%

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