Fuel economy, base price, and new features are some of the biggest driving factors for any new car that customers we talk to here at Jim Butler are looking for. The Malibu is one of those cars that customers have loved instantly, and much thought was given to the features new for 2019. There is a restyled front and rear, with new front fascia, grilles, and headlamps, a new rear fascia, and dual-element tail amps, with the availability of LED taillights to boot. There is a new 8-inch reconfigurable color driver information center, and the Chevy infotainment 3 has a new, 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen radio, with newly available navigation radio.
The rear-vision camera is included on Malibu L trim, a huge help to see behind you in grave detail if backing up in
a hurry. The Malibu Premier trim also adds rear heated outboard seats and CVT transmission on models with the 1.5L Turbo engine. The all-new Malibu RS offers a sporty, much more personalized appearance, driven by blacked-out styling cues, that include a black sports grille, bowtie emblems, rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels as well as dual-outlet exhaust. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and black cloth seats are highlights that give the driver the ability to enjoy upper-end stylings at the entry-level pricing point.
The L, LS, RT, and LT are powered by the 1.5L Turbo engine, which has a Continuously Variable Transmission; the slightly headier 2.0 L Turbo engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission is standard on Premier. OnStar 4G LTE with wi-fi hotspot is standard on LS, RS, and LT, which now includes the 3-month 3GB data trial. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection compatibility are standard on LS, RS, LT, Hybrid, and Premier trims, and the ultra-useful Teen Driver feature is standard on LS, RS, LT, Hybrid, and Premier trims to boot.
Safety features are one of the most important aspects of a new car: knowing that you
are embarking on the road with any amount of less worry is always a way to immediately feel more secure. Next year’s Malibu has ten standard airbags, including frontal and knee driver, as well as front-passenger airbags, seat-mounted side-impact, and roof rail for rear and front outboard positions. Traction control has really been taking the center stage lately as far as stability is concerned: the hill hold function is amazing when you find yourself on an incline and in need of a sturdy standstill.
When you come down to visit us at Jim Butler for a test drive of the awesome and feature-packed Malibu, make sure you check out the Driver Confidence Package II: it’s available on Premier and provides the features of Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and the excellent nighttime aid of IntelliBeam automatic high-beam control.