The 2020 four-door Chevrolet Malibu is pretty generic. Beneath the amazingly sleek exterior is a pretty dull interior and hardware that will get the job done, but it is not especially amazing. The hybrid powertrain and the turbocharged four-cylinder engine get overshadowed by the greatly tuned suspension which delivers secure handling and a very comfortable ride. This car is a solid and safe choice, but how does it compare to its competitors like the Honda Accord and Mazda 6?
What’s new in the 2020 model?
Theirs aren’t many changes to The Malibu except minor visual improvements and a few new colors like the Black Cherry and Stone gray. The RS and Premier options come with a new set of wheels too.
The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is split into 6 tiers.
- L – $23,000
- LS – $24,000
- RS – $25,000
- LT – $27,500
- Hybrid – $31,000
- Premier – $34,000
We recommend buying the mid-level LT tier, which comes with all the standard features that the L and LS tier do not have, but it still runs at a reasonable 27,500 US dollars. The slightly less expensive RS has almost the same equipment and more interesting visuals, so that tier is a viable choice too. The LT comes with the 160-HP turbocharge 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but the more powerful 2.0-liter engine comes only with the top-tier Premier – as well as LED taillights, 17-inch wheels, remote engine start, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an acoustically laminated windshield.
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Like all mid-size family sedans, this Chevy offers multiple powertrains. Most Malibu models are propelled by the 163-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheel. This combination was considerably slower than some rivals in acceleration tests, but it still delivers an instantaneous and smooth pull. The 250 horsepower 2.0-liter engine has 260 lb-ft of torque which will probably prove pretty quick.
The hybrid version pairs the four-cylinder gasoline engine with two electric motors, one who helps power the front wheels, while the other charges the 1.5-kWh battery pack. The electric motor combined with the standard 1.5-liter gasoline engine makes for 182 horsepower. The hybrid system can speed up the Malibu up to 50 mph on electricity alone, but the battery’s driving range is only about five miles.
In terms of fuel-mileage estimates, the Chevy’s smallest engine doesn’t prove strong against the base powertrains in the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. However, the 2.0-liter turbo engine in the Malibu has strong and competitive ratings compared to the other optional engines in the Toyota and Honda. The 1.5-liter engine manages 34 mpg over the 200-mile highway while the hybrid delivers an amazing 44 mpg.
Chevrolet fits every Malibu with its great infotainment system that includes many desirable features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and even mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. While the touchscreen interface is smooth, responsive and pretty easy to understand, the system loses against the competitions since it lacks and control knobs or other ways to interact with the interface.