2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Interior


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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a mixed interior quality, with mostly nice surfaces but also some cheap-feeling materials. Passenger space and comfort is acceptable. The infotainment system is straightforward and user-friendly. However, cargo space is low for the class.

  • "Chevrolet designers have done a good of making the Malibu as attractive inside as it is out. Indeed, the 2019 Malibu has a handsome interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The quality is acceptable but far from class-leading. The hard plastics up front are at least textured. Those in back look cheap and can feel a bit scratchy in places. Other surfaces are covered in lightly padded cloth or faux leather, which feels sturdy and well put-together." -- Edmunds
  • "The Malibu Hybrid's cabin is comfortable, roomy and quiet. … The only small complaint is that some of the cabin materials show signs of cost cutting." -- Autotrader (2018)

Seating

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid seats up to five people on standard cloth upholstery with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are optional. There are two complete sets of LATCH anchors in the rear outboard seats, and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat and hard to access.

The front seats in the Malibu Hybrid are comfortable and supportive, and the driver enjoys good outward visibility. There's sufficient back-seat space for adult occupants, but headroom might be a little tight for taller people.

  • "The firm, supportive front seats have sufficient side bolstering. We could happily have driven longer than our three-hour evaluation route. The rear outboard seats are comfortable for average-size adults, but the center seat is better suited to smaller passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "What’s more, the Malibu’s front seats are comfortable, able to accommodate people of any body size. While the rear seats offer plenty of legroom for tall adults, headroom is not especially abundant." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats were supportive and comfortable, getting in and out was easy (tall drivers noted they no longer risked bumping their heads on the way in), and the rear seat was fine for full-size adults with 1.3 inches more legroom than last year." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Malibu Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, an 8-inch digital driver information display, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver monitoring function. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Optional features include remote start, a dual-pane sunroof, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, a following distance indicator, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

The Malibu Hybrid's infotainment system is easy to use thanks to large icons and lots of physical buttons and knobs. The interface also functions smoothly.

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  • "We like the infotainment system's mix of big icons and physical knobs and buttons. It's a functional and aesthetically pleasing design, among the most attractive in the midsize-sedan class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 touchscreen system is much quicker than earlier iterations, and we appreciate its large virtual buttons and general system layout. Most users will find it easy to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "Tech was a shortcoming of the previous Malibu, but now it's leapfrogging some of its competition." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Cargo

The Malibu Hybrid has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the class. The hybrid battery hinders utility by taking up a lot of useful space in the trunk.  

  • "The much smaller Hybrid trunk is too narrow for golf bags, and the batteries fill up its aft portion. The 60/40-split pass-through helps for longer items." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is somewhat curtailed by having to accommodate the hybrid system's battery pack. … Though this is not exactly a deal-breaker, the extra annoyance is that this battery pack is still in the way, even with the rear seats folded down." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "There is some space eaten out of the trunk by the battery. It's an irregular shape that mostly blocks the opening created by folding the rear seats, but there's still room to pass thinner objects like skis or lumber through." -- Autoblog (2016)
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