2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Interior


#15 out of 19 in Midsize Cars

$22,090 MSRP
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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu does not have the high-quality interior that many rivals feature. It looks outdated, feels stale, and uses too many low-rent materials. On the bright side, the seats are spacious (though not that supportive), cargo space is decent, and the new infotainment system is pretty intuitive.

  • "The upgraded tech is nice to have, as is the now-standard backup camera, but without broader changes the Malibu's interior shows its age. Competitors have moved ahead in leaps and bounds in terms of their interior design and materials quality. Stacked up against the freshly redesigned Accord and Camry and the updated Mazda 6, the Malibu feels older and chintzier." -- Edmunds
  • "Too bad the rest of the Malibu's interior isn't so lovely. The Infotainment 3 display sits atop a dash covered in some really cheap materials, from the poor plastics that make up the switchgear to the cloth fabric that lines the passenger side dash and flows under the center stack. Buttons and dials are neatly organized and all vehicle controls are easy to locate quickly, but seriously, this whole cabin looks like it's a decade old. Much of the interior is comprised of chunky black and gray plastics that look as bad as they feel. Commonly used touch points like the wiper and turn signal stalks, as well as the center console storage cover, feel flimsy and cheap, or like they're just going to break." -- CNET
  • While the interior could be described as Nice Uncluttered Basic, seat heaters are not included nor even available in the RS. For luxury features, we had to take consolation in the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

The Malibu seats five people on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The driver's seat provides good visibility, and the front seats are reasonably comfortable. They lack adequate support, however, and you may find yourself getting achy at the end of longer drives. The rear seats provide a lot of space, allowing even tall adults to ride comfortably in the back.

For child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH anchors located on the rear outboard seats and a third tether anchor for the middle seat. The hardware is mostly easy to find and use, though some caregivers may have difficulty using the deeply buried lower anchors.

  • The gray cloth seats are comfortable enough, but offer no real support for your thigh or back. But at least they're power operated, even at $25,000 RS level. The Malibu offers generous accommodations for rear seat passengers, with ample head- and legroom." -- CNET
  • The profound adequacy extends to the seats, which support well for about an hour and then begin to wear on the back. Little offends, but little impresses — the initial, almost neutral pleasantness of the Malibu RS wears off, like you've been inside it too long and it is trying to let on, quietly, that you've overstayed your welcome." -- Autoblog
  • "The comfortable front seats adjust to virtually any body size, and the rear seats boast enough legroom to seat tall adults, although they might find headroom a little tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Malibu include keyless entry, push-button start, Chevy's Rear Seat Reminder, a rearview camera, and Chevrolet's new Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Teen Driver, remote start, a 120-volt power outlet, wireless device charging, an upgraded Infotainment 3 system with an HD touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, an additional USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and navigation.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, low-speed front automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic park assist.

Chevy replaced the MyLink infotainment system with its new Infotainment 3 setup. While not everyone loves the new interface, most agree that it's user-friendly and that the touch screen responds quickly to inputs.

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  • Updated with Chevy's latest software, the infotainment system is better than basic, but we're not sold on it. For one thing, we couldn't figure out how to enter a destination and had to call OnStar for navigation. The 4G LTE connectivity includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, and it was useful when we twice found ourselves off-course." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "This is Chevy's Infotainment 3 system, which provides quicker response times and crisper graphics, along with standard Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth audio streaming that can connect to two devices simultaneously. Thankfully, it's just as easy to use as the outgoing interface." -- Edmunds
  • "Chevy's new Infotainment 3 setup finds its way into the Malibu for 2019, with an 8-inch touchscreen standard across all trim levels. I really like this interface -- the high-resolution display uses neatly organized and intuitively labeled icons, and inputs are met with instant response. … The 2018 Malibu's Chevy MyLink system is already one of the better on-board tech offerings available today, and Infotainment 3 simply improves upon this great design to make it even easier to use." -- CNET

Cargo

The Malibu has a 15.8-cubic-foot trunk, which is a typical size for this class. The split-folding rear seat gives you some flexibility when you need to carry larger items. The trunk looks deep and roomy, but the high bumper makes it less convenient than it appears.

  • Small item cabin storage is unremarkable for a midsize sedan, but the 15.8-cubic-foot trunk is large, if admittedly average for the segment." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The trunk is wide at the rear, but sickle-type lid hinges dip a bit into the load area. Upper-line vehicles forfeit a spare tire to a sealing kit and pump, and that leaves a fair amount of 'unofficial' storage space beneath the floor. Folding the rear seat backs leaves a 2-stage 4-inch step up from the cargo floor, which means sliding long items forward poses a challenge." -- Consumer Guide (2016)
  • Other practical conveniences include trunk releases for the rear folding seats, but thanks to the sexy, hiked-up styling, the Malibu's bumper is a high hurdle to clear when loading the trunk itself." -- Car and Driver (2016)
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