The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu sees only detail changes this year. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility arrives as standard on all trims. The new Sport Edition Package for the LT combines black exterior trim with the buyer's choice of body colors. The Teen Driver system gains a seat belt reminder that can delay starting for up to 20 seconds.
Chevy's midsize sedan received its last full redesign in 2016, followed by a mid-cycle refresh in 2019.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu is offered in five trim levels: L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier. Pricing starts at $23,065 including destination for the base model and tops out at $34,295 for the Premier.
Most Malibu models run with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The Premier gets a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four.
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The 1.5-liter comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the 2.0-liter is paired with a nine-speed automatic. Every Malibu utilizes front-wheel drive.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Malibu offers typical interior room for a midsize sedan, which translates into reasonable comfort for five people. The trunk measures a hearty 15.7 cubic feet.
The entry-level L isn't eligible for any driver assistance technology. The LS, LT, and RS can be equipped with the Driver Confidence I Package ($545), which provides rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The other choice is the Driver Confidence I & II Package ($1,095), which also contains automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. These features are all standard on the Premier.
The Enhanced Driver Confidence Package ($2,095) for the Premier adds adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, an electronic parking brake, and hard braking assist.
The standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, six audio speakers, a single USB port, Bluetooth for two active phones, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wi-fi capability is standard starting with the LS, and satellite radio arrives with the LT.
The Premier gets a nine-speaker Bose sound system, a configurable touchscreen, two rear USB ports, and wireless device charging.
The most basic Malibu L comes with manual climate control, push button start, proximity key access, cloth upholstery, power side mirrors, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. There are no option packages and only two exterior colors, white and silver.
The LS picks up a compass, an outside temperature display, visor vanity mirrors, active noise cancellation, and Teen Driver technology.
The Convenience Package II adds remote start, a cargo net, and all-weather floor mats for $495.
The RS takes on a sportier appearance with black badging, black grille inserts, dual exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler, body-color side mirrors, and 18-inch wheels. The interior receives a power driver seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The LT comes standard with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, power lumbar control for the driver seat, LED running lights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, lighted visor mirrors, remote start, and 17-inch wheels.
The Leather Package ($1,590) provides more interior luxury in the form of leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
There's a few other ways to dress up to the LT. The Redline Edition ($1,195) includes 19-inch black wheels, red hash marks on the wheels and side mirrors, black exterior trim, and a black interior. The Sport Edition ($895) loses the red accents, but is otherwise the same. The Midnight Edition, also $895, comes with black exterior paint only. Prices drop by $100 when the Leather Package is also selected. A dual pane sunroof is available on the LT for $1,050.
The Premier comes with everything available on the LT, plus ventilated front seats, a power passenger seat, heated rear seats, extra chrome exterior trim, and unique 19-inch wheels.
The 2021 Chevy Malibu L exists mainly for fleet sales and advertising purposes. The LS is the real base model, although the LT offers more car for the money. The Premier isn't cheap, but its 2.0-liter engine transforms the Malibu into one quick family sedan.