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2020 Chevrolet Malibu

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$322/mo
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$322/mo
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$22,373
MPG
29 city / 36 hwy

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What you must know before buying the Chevrolet Malibu

John Diether
Automotive Editor - December 10, 2019
  • 2020 Malibu in good supply; 2019s sold out
  • $1,250 factory rebate + $750 down payment assistance
  • Lease from $329 for 39 months
  • APR as low as 0.9% for 60 months

Model year transition complete:

The carryover 2020 Malibu continues arriving at dealers, while the 2019 Malibu has sold out. The mid-level LT is easiest to find, followed by the base LS and upscale Premier. The slow-selling hybrid model is no more. Unlike many GM sedans, the Malibu remains part of the automaker's long-term strategy.

Current offers are available on a national basis through January 2, 2020 unless otherwise noted.

Up to $2,000 off:

Like last month, all buyers get a $1,250 cash rebate on the 2020 Malibu. Those who finance through GM Financial will also get $750 toward their down payment.

These amounts are typical for this point in the model year. We expect incentives to gradually increase over the next several months.

What's up with leases:

The 2020 Malibu LT is offered from $329 for 39 months (10,000 miles a year) with $3,119 due at signing. The effective monthly cost works out to $409, which is rather expensive for a family sedan. There's a lot of room for improvement in the new year.

Snag a low rate:

Instead of the standard rebate on a 2020 Malibu, Chevy now offers 0.9% financing for 60 months or 1.9% for 72 months. You also get the $750 down payment assistance.

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Advertised Lease Deals

LT (National)
$329Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 39
Due at signing: $3,119
Mileage: 10k
MSRP: $26,620
Deal Valid in: All Regions
Expiration: 1/2/20

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

CarsDirect Target Price

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CarsDirectPricing as of 12/16/19 in 20149
MSRP
$24,095
Sales Price
$23,623
Cash Rebates
$1,250
Target Price
$22,373
Lease Estimate
$322/mo
Finance Estimate
$322/mo

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Incentive available to most customers and purchasing situations.
RebateAmount
Bonus Cash GM Consumer Cash Program (Expires 1/2/20) Customer Rebate: Customers must take delivery of this vehicle prior to the expiration date to be eligible for this manufacturer rebate. This rebate may not be available on special factory orders or used in conjunction with special manufacturer financing or leasing programs. Other special financing programs may be available. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details. $1,250
Loyalty Bonus Cash GM Lease Loyalty Purchase Program (Expires 1/2/20) For current owners of the same make. May not be compatible with certain other incentive types such as Conquest programs. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Customers who have a current Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC lease through Ally, GM Financial or US Bank and purchase one of the new and unused models. %Qualification% This offer can be transferred to individuals residing in the same household. $1,500

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Promotional APR Offer Promotional APR programs available for qualified buyers. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.
Term(s)12 - 3637 - 4849 - 6061 - 72
Rate %0.9%0.9%0.9%1.9%
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Finance Bonus Cash GM Financial Down Payment Assistance Program (Expires 1/2/20) Finance Bonus Cash available for qualified customers based on available credit when financing through manufacturer's captive finance company. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details. $2,000
Loyalty Bonus Cash GM Lease Loyalty Purchase Program (Expires 1/2/20) For current owners of the same make. May not be compatible with certain other incentive types such as Conquest programs. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Customers who have a current Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC lease through Ally, GM Financial or US Bank and purchase one of the new and unused models. %Qualification% This offer can be transferred to individuals residing in the same household. $1,500
Finance Bonus Cash GM Down Payment Assistance Program (Expires 1/2/20) Finance Bonus Cash available for qualified customers based on available credit when financing through manufacturer's captive finance company. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%Qualification% This allowance must be used as down payment on an unsupported APR finance contract through GM Financial. Supported and unsupported leases and supported APR contracts are not eligible for this program. $750

Leasing Incentives

RebateAmount
Lease Bonus Cash Chevrolet Select Market Incremental CCR Program (Expires 1/2/20) Bonus cash available for qualified customers leasing a vehicle through the manufacturer's captive finance company on approved credit. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%Qualification% This program must be used in conjunction with the GM Financial supported lease program. $1,000
Lease Bonus Cash GM Select Market Incremental CCR Program (Expires 1/2/20) Bonus cash available for qualified customers leasing a vehicle through the manufacturer's captive finance company on approved credit. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%Qualification% This program must be used in conjunction with the GM Financial supported lease program. $750
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2020 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

Neil Cumins
Automotive Editor

Expert Rating

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MPG
31 City / 37 Highway

Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu sees no major changes after its mid-cycle refresh last year. Prices have barely increased over last model year, and you’ll have to buy a mid-range model to improve on the rather basic standard specification.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu

There are five trim levels across the Malibu range: L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier. Prices start at $22,970 including destination for the base L model and climb to $34,195 for the Premier.

Engine Choices

Chevy keeps engine choices simple in the exclusively-front-wheel-drive Malibu, with most models featuring a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Premier models receive a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder160 hp184 lb-ft32 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder250 hp260 lb-ft26 mpg

The 1.5-liter turbo engine uses a continuously variable transmission, while the 2.0-liter is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

As a five-seat sedan, the Malibu offers 15.7 cubic feet of cargo volume in its trunk.

Safety Features

The Malibu comes with no standard active safety features, but a clever gradient braking system maintains a constant speed while the car is heading downhill, ensuring drivers don’t have to ride the brakes constantly.

On the LT trim, the Driver Confidence I and II LT Package ($1,095) makes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and front pedestrian braking. These features require the Enhanced Driver Confidence Package ($2,095) on the Premier trim.

Connectivity

The Malibu comes standard with an 8-inch color touchscreen infotainment system. On the LS, wi-fi hotspot capability becomes standard, while the range-topping Premier brings navigation and wireless charging.

L - From $22,970

The most affordable Malibu is quite sparsely equipped with standard feature that include keyless open and start, cloth seat trim, and 6-way manual front seats. This model is generally reserved for fleet use, so don't expect to see many on dealer lots.

LS - From $24,095

A modest price hike from L trim brings minor upgrades including and outside temperature display, Chevy's Teen Driver system, and acoustic laminated glass, which helps quieten the cabin.

Buyers can add a remote start with the Convenience Package 2 ($595), which also adds a universal tablet holder, all-weather floor mats, and a cargo net.

RS - From $25,095

If your budget will stretch, the Malibu RS brings several welcome improvements over LS trim. The driver’s seat gains eight-way power adjustment with lumbar control, the steering wheel and shift knob are clad in leather, and rear passengers receive a central armrest. Bigger 18-inch wheels replace the 16-inch rims of lower models, with body-color power outside mirrors, black exterior touches, and a rear spoiler adding to the RS’ sportier appearance.

LT - From $27,495

Despite being $2,400 more expensive than RS trim, LT models ride on smaller 17-inch aluminum wheels. However, it gains heated outside mirrors, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and remote start.

The $1,590 Leather Package combines a heated leather steering wheel with a leather-wrapped shift knob and leather seats, plus an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Premier - from $34,195

The Premier is the only Malibu to get LED headlights and ride on 19-inch wheels, and the only one to have turn signal indicators in its heated power outside mirrors. It’s unique in having a dual-pane power sunroof and a six-way power passenger seat with lumbar control. Heating elements recur in the steering wheel and rear outboard seats which – like the ones in the front – are clad in perforated leather.

Compare Malibu Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

If the budget will stretch, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier offers plenty of tempting big car features. However, the LT has most of the essential equipment buyers might expect in a mid-size sedan, and it costs substantially less, even when you add one or two options packs.

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