Chevrolet’s mid-sized sedan line-up is led by the reliable Malibu. This front-wheel drive four-door sedan received a fresh upgrade in 2016 and continues to be one of The Bowtie Brigade’s top-sellers. The current-generation Chevy Malibu is better-optioned than in years past, features four trim levels, two powerplants, and several technology and safety features that will fit any taste and budget.
The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is available in four-trims; the L, LS, LT and Premier. The LT trim receives a new Redline Edition for 2020 that blacks-out the grille, nameplate and wheels, but adds attractive thin red stroke to lettering. When it comes to power options, the Malibu makes it simple. The LS, LT, and base L trim are equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 160-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to the front-wheel drive. Working with a six-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain combo returns an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, and 36 mpg highway. Upgrading to the Premier gives Malibu owners a 2.0-liter variant that produces 250-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine receives a nine-speed automatic transmission that returns 32 mpg highway and 22 mpg in city driving.
The base L trim is well-equipped with standard features including, automatic headlamps, 16-inch wheels, power-adjustable side mirrors, keyless entry and push-button starting, air conditioning, full power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity and OnStar Guidance Plan. LS customers will gain a rearview camera, Chevy’s MyLink telematics system that is displayed on a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display. A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and USB ports are also packed into the second trim.
The step up in class to the LT provides 2020 Chevrolet Malibu shoppers with heated side-view mirrors with an integrated turn signal indicator, LED daytime running lights, eight-way power driver seat with lumbar controls, an illuminated vanity mirror and ambient interior lighting. This is the trim that can be upgraded with the aforementioned Redline package.
At the top of the Malibu mountain is the Premier trim. This trim is powered by the most powerful powerplant, a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that belts out 250 horsepower, which is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Upgrading to the Premier increases wheels to 18-inch alloy variants, and a remote starting system. Covered with chrome accents, the 2020 Malibu Premier also features an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supplies tunes through a Bose audio system. This trim also features navigation, dual-zone climate control, wireless mobile device charging, USB ports, a heated steering wheel, leather seats, and heated and ventilated front seats.
The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a great buy, offering consumers the flexibility to configure their Malibu to meet virtually any budget. To truly explore the multiple packages, trims and different ways the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu can be set-up, visit your local Chevrolet dealership and test drive one.