2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Sedan

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 29, 2021

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The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid sedan staring at an asking MSRP of $28,220 competes in the mid-size sedan segment which is often considered to be the make or break segment for any automobile manufacturer due to increasing buyer demand for practicality, low-running costs and pursuit for affordable luxury without compromising even on the smallest of the details. The 2019 Malibu Hybrid is Chevrolet's response to that challenge, with its sights set on the Japanese giant's hybrids like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Its 1.8-liter hybrid four-cylinder engine delivers 182 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, with two electric motors providing instant power along with amazing fuel economy. Despite being the quintessentially practical and functional family sedan the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid manages to be extremely beautiful and athletic.

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Pros

Spacious interior with lots of front-seat headroom

Hybrid trim offers high efficiency and brisk acceleration

Easy-to-use touchscreen interface

Cons

Lackluster acceleration from the base 1.5-liter engine

Limited outward visibility

Interior looks dated compared to rivals

What's New?

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid will be getting a major mid-life upgrade this year, with Chevy upping its game on both technology and looks department. Up-front the Malibu Hybrid sports a new fascia, grille, and headlamps, while out back, a new rear fascia and dual-element LED taillamps gives it a fresh look.

A color eight-inch driver information center display is easy to use, while Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 System now features as standard on an eight-inch touchscreen display.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28220

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

122 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

129 lb.-ft. @ 4750 rpm

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

194.2 in.

width

73 in.

height

57.9 in.

curb weight

3366 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

49/46/43 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

Base $28,220 onwards

122 hp @ 5000 rpm | 1.8L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.7

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.5

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


The 2019 Chevy Malibu hybrid comes loaded in the technological front as well with all the latest state of the art features like that of the excellent infotainment system, plentiful convenience features, and lots of driver-assistance technologies like traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, automatic frontal collision avoidance braking system and many more. Though the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid doesn’t provide the kind of driving pleasure and engagement you would come to expect from a Honda Accord or a Mazda CX5, the Malibu hybrid proves to be an all-round great value for buck proposition.


6.0/10
Pricing and Features

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition


2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Pricing and Features

6.0/10

Starting at an MSRP of $28,945 the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan is a great choice for a value-for-money sedan. The Accord, however, comes at a lower price and a better overall package. Alternatively, you could also opt for the Toyota Camry and the Honda Insight hybrid versions.

The Hybrid trim of the Chevrolet Malibu adds to the LT trim of the gasoline variant. In addition to an electric propulsion system, you get a hybrid-specific gauge cluster and a larger infotainment screen.

Model

Malibu Hybrid

MSRP

$28,220

Key Features

1.8L 4-cylinder engine with Direct Injection and Hybrid electric propulsion system

 

HD Rear Vision Camera

 

Hybrid-specific instrument cluster

 

Enhanced Driver Information Center with 8-inch diagonal multi-color reconfigurable display

 

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with 8-inch diagonal HD color touch-screen

Which Trim should you buy?

Compared to the gasoline variant, we recommend you to choose the hybrid trim as it is not only more eco friendly, it also gets you better torque figures which makes the ride more responsive and fun. The upgraded infotainment is also a plus point in the hybrid.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Engine and Performance

6.9/10

In the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid along with a 1.8L inline-4 engine you also get something extra, a 50kW electric motor for the much needed extra oomph as well as fuel economy. The power and torque are bumped up to 182 hp and 277 lb-ft, channeled through a single-speed transmission to the front wheel. Not the ideal setup for good performance, but it's functional, gets the job done.

Models

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

MSRP

$28,945

$22,830

$22,830

$37,490

$29,070

$34,395

$37,420

Engine

1.8L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L Inline-4

2.0L i4

2.5L i4

2.5L i4

1.5L i4

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

182 hp

151 hp@ 6000 rpm

212 hp 6200 rpm

188 hp@ 6000 rpm

208 hp@ 5700 rpm

215 hp@ 5700 rpm

149 hp

Torque

277 lb-ft

99 ft-lbs@ 5000 rpm

232 lb-ft

129 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

163 ft-lbs@ 3600 rpm

163 ft-lbs@ 3600 rpm

294 ft-lbs@ 0 rpm

Au contraire, the hybrid competitors like the Camry hybrid, the Accord hybrid and the Fusion Energi, make more horsepower with a combination of inline-4 engines and electric motors. Chevrolet's own Volt makes mammoth torque of almost 300 lb-ft against the Malibu.

Acceleration performance in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The extra torque from the electric motor takes the 2019 Malibu hybrid to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and onwards through to the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds. What follows the initial torque, is a droning engine which feels lackluster and uneventful. Compared to other hybrid sedans, the numbers you get from the Malibu are actually pretty good.

Models

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

0-60 MPH

7.4 sec

8 sec

6.7 sec

8.5 sec

7.2 sec

N/A

7.5

Quarter mile

15.7 sec

16 sec

15.4 sec

16.3 sec

15.6

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.8L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L i4

2.0L i4

2.5L i4

2.5L i4

1.5L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

3.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The 2019 Malibu Hybrid is a comfortable A to B commuter, but athleticism is not a trait it can boast. The suspension is soft and compliant, absorbing most of the bumps before they reach the cabin, however a few sharp ones manage to sneak past the security. The steering is numb and lacks feedback, as is the case with most sedans in this segment.

With the hybrid powertrain in the arsenal, the throttle response is greatly improved in comparison to the gas powered variant. The handling at higher speed is not up to the mark, the RS variant is the one to employ for this job.

Braking Performance in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The brakes on the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid are smooth and effortlessly reduce the speed without any jerks and jolts. However, in the state of emergency, suddenly applying brakes can leave the suspension flabbergasted. The 11.8-inch discs up front are larger than you find on most sedans and are ventilated for better heat dissipation.

Model

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

11.1

11.5

11.8

12

N/A

11

Brake Rear (in.)

11.3

10.2

11.1

11.9

11.1

N/A

10

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3366

3000

3342

3986

3472

3638

3550

60-0 MPH (ft.)

181 (70-0)

121

120

129

128

N/A

N/A

When the brakes are put through their paces in the braking test, the Malibu is the first to come to a halt, while the Kia and Ford need extra tarmac to stop. In terms of pedal response, the Accord is the sedan to be in, with excellent brake modulation.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

6.0/10

As expected from a hybrid the mileage is unbelievably high. In the city the numbers reach 49 mpg, while highway economy peaks at 43 mpg. Such a high economy is beyond imagination for gasoline cars, this realm is exclusive to hybrid vehicles only.

Model

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

MPG (city)

49

55

48

43

51

43

42

MPG (highway)

43

49

48

41

53

44

42

MPG (combined)

46

52

48

42

52

44

42

The Honda Insight is the one to keep an eye on, with the skyrocketing mpg in the city as well as the highways. The ones that lag behind are the Chevy Volt and especially the Fusion Energi, which can only manage about 42 miles to the gallon.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Interior

7.7/10

The seats in the 2019 Chevy Malibu hybrid have great bolstering and support, creating a comfortable habitat for long rides. Even the back seats are accommodating, however the middle seat is best avoided for long journeys. The materials in the cabin are soft and premium to touch, while road and engine noise is effectively muted out

Model

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/58.5/41.5

39.3/56.9/42.3

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.5/42.1/58.3

37.8/56.5/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/57.1/38.1

36.9/55.0/37.4

37.3/55/40.4

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.6/55.7/38.0

37.9/40.4/57.1

35.8/53.2/34.7

The eight way adjustable seats and the telescopic steering are easy to customize according to the driver's needs, meanwhile providing excellent visibility all around. Comparatively the sedans in the segment have very similar interior character, with most manufacturers focussing their attention on providing optimal passenger comfort.

Infotainment System in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The Malibu has good standard infotainment features, but it lacks standard driver aids and active safety features that are now common in the class. The standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the range of OnStar services are excellent, and Wi-Fi is standard on all but the base trim.

Cargo Capacity in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The hybrid MAlibu’s trunk suffers due to the battery the engineers have had to accommodate into the cabin. The loading and unloading height is low enough so you needn't strain your back. Additionally, the interior storage is below average compared to the rest of the segment as well.

Model

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.0

15.1

16.7

8.2

15.1

16.1

10.6

The Honda Accord and the Toyota Avalon are the leaders in this segment with absolutely massive cargo volume at the back. The Fusion Energi is the one to avoid if you need to haul appreciable luggage in your sedan.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Exterior

6.0/10

The updated Malibu comes with a large new front grille, which seems more appropriate for a futuristic hybrid vehicle. The long inclined roofline makes the back sporty and coupe-like, while the chrome styling complements the design dynamics flawlessly. The sharp geometrical LED daytime running lights give the vehicle a modern pizazz and panache.

Model

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Curb weight (lbs.)

3366

3000

3342

3986

3472

3638

3550

Length(in)

194.2

183.6

192.2

191.8

192.1

195.9

180.4

Width(in)

73.0

71.6

73.3

72.9

72.4

72.8

71.2

Height(in)

57.9

55.5

57.1

58.0

56.9

56.5

56.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

N/A

5.8

N/A

5.7

5.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

111.4

106.3

111.4

112.2

111.2

113.0

106.1

Track width (in) F/R

62.6/62.5

60.9/61.6

63/63.4

62/62.3

63/63.2

62.3/63.6

60.6/61.8

The size is perfect to maneuver around city blocks and tight parking lots. Although the Chevy is a bit longer than most, it's also a bit narrower and weighs less than most of the cars in this segment. The motor and battery added to the chassis makes balancing the weight distribution an issue.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Safety

6.0/10

The Chevrolet Malibu has not just been redesigned visually, the safety and driver assistance features have also been brushed up and made ready for 2019. The standards features you'd expect to find are:

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes...
  • Braking control, ECM grade
  • Daytime Running Lamps, integral to headlamps
  • Airbags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front...
  • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable (Fleet orders...
  • Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard...
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Rear seat reminder
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for...
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Competition

8.5/10

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid vs Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda sedan is much more enjoyable to ride, not only in the city but also on highways. It has the perfect blend of performance, economy, utility and technology. Compared to the Malibu, the Honda not only has a brawnier engine you can also extract longer range from the battery.

The interiors focus on function rather than fancy in both of these sedans. From the outside, the designs are equally impressive and completely subjective. Overall, the Honda sits a notch higher than the Chevy in the segment.

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid vs Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Camry, just like the Accord, is another one of the heavy-weights in this mid-size sedan segment. Another one to have the right ingredients for performance, economy and technology. The Camry's engine makes more power, but the torque output from the Malibu trumps the Toyota.

The interior is quite similar to each other in these sedans, instead of fancy materials, they are functional and get the job done. From the outside, the Malibu is much more pleasing to look at, the Toyota needs to really work on their front fascia and make it more appealing. In conclusion, the Malibu is a better choice over the Camry.

The Malibu is an excellent hybrid sedan and great value for money. Not only does it perform quite well, it has superb range from the battery and 50kW motor. Power delivery is seamless and you won't notice when you've switched over from your motor to the engine. This sedan is a complete package, good styling on both interior and exterior, high on tech and practicality, and not too far behind in terms of cargo volume. If you're unsure if you want the Chevy, the Honda Accord Hybrid is also the one you could consider.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

With the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid being totally sorted and more in both the practicality and fuel efficiency and all new stylistic and featuresistic upgrades the Malibu hybrid finds itself back in the race along with the likes of the Honda Accord hybrid and the Toyota Camry hybrid. Though the Malibu gets outmuscled by the Japanese in the efficiency department, the 2019 Malibu hybrid plays its own charm through its modern looking interior and tasteful exterior. Though not a bad car by any measure, better vehicles can be found with very little effort, both in and out of the hybrid segment.

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