The cheapest Malibu starts at just $22,965 (including destination fees). For an economy sedan, it’s not bad value, especially in the tech department, where it features an excellent eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
But the base trims remain spartan in most respects and lack the safety tech that’s becoming increasingly standard across the industry. Instead, it’s worth hopping up to the LT trim, which features LED headlights, heated front seats, heated power-adjustable mirrors, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The LT also opens up two active safety packages, which we would add.
Our Malibu LT would look like this:
- Model:2019 Chevrolet Malibu LT
- Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:160 hp / 184 lb-ft
- Transmission:Continuously variable automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 29 City / 36 Hwy
- Options:Driver Confidence Package ($545, rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring), Driver Confidence Package II (low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, following distance indicator, automatic high beams)
- Base Price:$27,340 (including the $875 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$28,435