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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid finishes near the top of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It gets the kind of fuel economy you want from a hybrid, and it also has a roomy interior, a good predicted reliability rating, and easy-to-use tech features.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.6
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Malibu Hybrid is a good used car. Its powertrain feels energetic in just about all driving situations, its ride is smooth, and this Chevy gets terrific fuel economy. Inside, you'll find spacious, supportive seats and intuitive technology. The Malibu Hybrid also earns a good predicted reliability rating.

Though it's one of our highest-rated hybrid and electric cars, the Malibu Hybrid still has a few shortcomings. The gasoline engine makes a lot of noise at times, and there are some low-grade plastics incorporated in the cabin, which leaves this Chevrolet's interior a step below the finest cabins in the class.

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How Much is the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

Based on listings for the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, the average list price is $21,191. Prices range from $21,191 to $21,191 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2019 Malibu Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $23,350, or $4,670 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: What's the Difference?

There are only a couple of notable differences between the 2019 and 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. For 2019, Chevrolet gave the Malibu Hybrid an exterior design refresh, and the previously optional 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system became standard. A 7-inch touch screen was standard in prior models.

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Here are the key changes for the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid since it was reintroduced for 2016:

  • 2016: returned to Chevy's lineup after lengthy absence
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: updated interior styling; larger touch screen and 8-inch driver information display became standard

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Malibu Hybrid, 2017 Malibu Hybrid, and 2018 Malibu Hybrid reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid at this time.

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Which Used Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid only comes in one trim. Standard features include cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an 8-inch digital driver information display, a rearview camera, and Teen Driver. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

When the Malibu Hybrid was new, several option packages were available, so you may find models with features beyond the standard fare. The Convenience and Technology package adds heated front seats, remote start, and LED taillights. The Driver Confidence package adds rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Driver Confidence II package includes automatic high-beam headlights, a following distance indicator, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Additional available features include a dual-pane sunroof and leather upholstery.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Malibu Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Malibu an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in the side crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Malibu the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. Depending on trim and equipment, the Malibu earned the highest rating of Superior or the second-highest rating of Advanced for its vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system. In vehicle-to-pedestrian testing, properly equipped Malibus received the lowest rating of Basic.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a better pick than the Malibu Hybrid, though both are good vehicles. It might be shocking to hear, but the Camry Hybrid delivers respectable performance, with ample engine power and agile handling. The Malibu Hybrid's fuel economy ratings are impressive, but the Camry Hybrid's are even better. The Toyota also has more standard driver assistance features and a larger trunk than the Chevy.

Which Is Better: 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid, like the Malibu Hybrid, is one of our highest-rated hybrid and electric cars, and neither is clearly better than the other. The Honda has a huge trunk, an upscale cabin with plenty of room, and a long list of standard advanced safety features. The Chevy does deliver strong acceleration and balanced handling, two areas where the Honda is a little underwhelming. However, the Accord Hybrid has a slight edge when it comes to fuel economy estimates.

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2019 Malibu Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Drive?

The Malibu Hybrid powertrain consists of two electric motors paired with a small gas engine. The motors provide plenty of torque, giving you quick, responsive acceleration. There's ample power in just about all driving situations, but the gasoline engine is noisy, particularly in high-stress situations like highway passing maneuvers and climbing hills.

This Chevrolet sedan rides smoothly over rough pavement. The Malibu Hybrid isn't the most fun-to-drive car in the class, but it has accurate steering and composed handling. The regenerative brakes work well, and they don't feel much different than traditional braking systems.

  • Powertrain: 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors with a combined 182-horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
Does the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Malibu Hybrid gets 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings, even by hybrid standards.

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2019 Malibu Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Malibu Hybrid Seat?

The 2019 Malibu Hybrid seats five people in two rows. This sedan features a solidly built interior, but it's not the most upscale cabin in the class, owing to the use of low-rent plastics that look and feel cheap.

The front seats are spacious, supportive, and comfortable. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom for adult passengers, but they're not as expansive as some rivals' rear seats.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2019 Malibu Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats, and it requires a lot of force to attach the car-seat straps.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Features

This sedan features Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system. The touch screen is easy to see and reach, it responds quickly to inputs, and the virtual buttons are large. The interface is intuitive, and there are physical controls for some functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: remote start and a dual-pane sunroof

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Dimensions

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cargo Space

The Malibu Hybrid has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for a hybrid or electric car. Hybrids typically have less space than nonhybrids because the large battery takes up a lot of space in the trunk.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,366 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Built?

General Motors built the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in Kansas.

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