In response to COVID-19, Chevrolet is offering special incentives for a limited time.
and ask for details.
  • 30 Day Deferred Payment for Lease - Expires 06/02/2020
  • First Responder Discount - Expires 01/05/2021

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

What’s new

  • Several optional packages have been renamed
  • The Malibu Hybrid has been discontinued
  • Part of the ninth Malibu generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior with lots of front-seat headroom
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen interface
  • Lackluster acceleration from the base 1.5-liter engine
  • Limited outward visibility
  • Interior looks dated compared to rivals
MSRP Range
$22,095 - $33,320
MSRP Starting at
$22,095
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$19,990
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$19,990 - $31,603

Save as much as $4,843
Incentive offers available
Select your model:
Save as much as $4,843
Incentive offers available
MSRP Range
$22,095 - $33,320
MSRP Starting at
$22,095
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$19,990
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$19,990 - $31,603

Save as much as $4,843
Incentive offers available
Select your model:
Save as much as $4,843
Incentive offers available


2020 Chevrolet Malibu Review

First, the good news. The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu rides well on the highway and has a roomy cabin fitted with an easy-to-use infotainment system. It is, at its core, a fundamentally solid midsize sedan. However, it also happens to be surrounded by a deep class of rival sedans that outdo it in a few areas.

Like its competitors, the Malibu can be equipped with different powertrains. There are two turbocharged four-cylinder engine options: a base 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter engine. We like the zesty 2.0-liter engine, but the base 1.5-liter engine — the one most commonly found at dealer lots — is sluggish.

On the inside, there's roomy seating up front. But there's less rear legroom compared to what you'll find in some other top sedans, and the overall cabin aesthetic is a bit underwhelming. The report on the infotainment system is mixed, too. GM's Chevrolet Link 3 system features useful smartphone integration and big graphics, but its standard display looks lower-res than the competition.

Overall, the Malibu is an acceptable choice, especially if you manage to get a great deal or are interested in the hybrid version. But we also suggest shopping some of the other Edmunds' top-rated sedans such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Mazda 6.

Which Malibu does Edmunds recommend?

We used to recommend the hybrid as it provided the best combination of features, performance and value. But since Chevrolet discontinued it this year, the next best choice is the Premier. Yes, it's the most expensive version of the Malibu, but its more powerful engine makes daily driving a lot more enjoyable.

Chevrolet Malibu models

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a five-seat, four-door midsize sedan that's available in five trim levels: L, LS, RS, LT and Premier. All but the Premier come with the same 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and CVT automatic combination that sends 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels.

The L trim is the base model, but it comes with the bare necessities such as air conditioning and extras such as steering wheel controls, keyless entry and ignition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The LS, RS and LT all feature increasing levels of content based off the L model. The LS adds some creature comforts such as noise-reducing glass and OnStar, but it really just paves the way for some option packages. The RS adds convenience amenities such as power-adjustable seats and style accessories such as a rear spoiler and unique grille. With the LT, you'll get satellite radio, front-seat heating, and dual-zone climate control with a vent for rear-seat passengers.

The Premier model upgrades to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a nine-speed transmission that produces 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Feature content is similar to the LT model but with the addition of built-in navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, leather seating and a sunroof, among other features.

Several driver safety aids are optional on the Malibu, including forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning.


Save even more for your trade in.
Tell us what you drive, and we’ll tell you what cars you can save on.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu.

5 star reviews: 20%
4 star reviews: 40%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 20%
Average user rating: 3.4 stars based on 5 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • handling & steering
  • interior
  • appearance
  • spaciousness
  • comfort
  • fuel efficiency
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • wheels & tires
  • engine
  • infotainment system
  • steering wheel
  • climate control
  • value
  • driving experience
  • transmission
  • technology
  • off-roading
  • safety
  • seats
  • maintenance & parts
  • doors
  • sound system
  • cup holders

Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, Surprisingly Nice!
Cory,
LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I rented a 2020 Malibu with the base 1.5L engine and the CVT transmission which I had initially expected to perform horribly on the highway. I was wrong and this car was a pleasant surprise in almost every regard. I averaged 37 MPG in mixed city/highway driving, the car rode very smoothly and handled better than expected. The seats were comfortable, even on a 5 hour drive and there was enough space for 4 adults to be comfortable the whole time. The android auto worked flawlessly and the heated seats were quick to warm up and the settings allowed for optimal comfort. Overall, I was highly impressed with this car, particularly because I expected to be disappointed. My lease on my Terrain ends in a few months and I may replace it with a new Malibu. The Malibu handles better, gets better MPG and overall was more fun to drive.

5 out of 5 stars, The car I didn't know I wanted
Glen,
LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I went to Auto Nation Arrowhead to look at a 2019 Impala LT I had been checking on line and when I sat down with Debbie Ponticelli, who I was referred to by a friend who has bought a few from her over the years. She sat me in this white Malibu with a four cylinder engine, everything I thought I didn't want. No color and a small motor. But took the car for a test ride which I was fairly impressed with, so I went through with the deal. Now that I've had it for a couple weeks, I'm getting the feel for how it drives and the car is starting to adapt to my driving style. I'm very happy with my purchase. Mind you I put down a minimum of 300 miles a week. Have about 1200 on it now. Would most definitely recommend a new Malibu to anyone who's looking for a spacious and zippy daily driver. NICE CAR

3 out of 5 stars, Built with the least in every aspect
Eric,
LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Unfortunately, this car is a representation of Chevrolet in 2020. I’ve owned Chevys since 2010 (4 of them) and every year I replaced one with another, the built quality and sturdiness has gone down dramatically as the options have gone up in numbers (a bit) but with unimpressive punches. The Malibu interior looks like a slick 2010 interior, not a state of the art 2020 car. The material of my LS is cheap at best, rough feeling and very soft like a sponge with too much air in it. The screen is slow, laggy and of poor graphic quality. On top of that, if you go deep into a menu like music on Airplay, pressing the Music app button won’t bring you back to the main Music screen. You have to press, Back, Back, exit etc. Not very safe while driving. Also, you will have to put up with unexplainable control lags while changing songs. I pressed Next song on the steering wheel and it took 10 seconds for the song to change. I drove other cars (Mazda and Nissan) and the controls never lagged. The trunk is relatively large but tight, has quite a bit of metal exposed at the top, instead of being fully covered so you don’t scratch something you store in there. There is no handle to close the trunk so you have to put your fingers on the outside, either leaving finger marks on the car or dirt on your hands. Who does that anymore? The steering wheel is not comfortable unless held from the top, which makes for sore shoulders after long drives. The Center console has small cup holders and even smaller little space to put... i don’t know what you can put in there, making the console completely useless to store anything that won’t blow away from opening your windows. The main storage is a big hole without any separators. The glove box is very wide but not deep enough to even put a box of tissues without having to crush it a bit. There is also only 1 USB connector. All in all, it is a pretty looking car that feel like it was built with saving pennies from top to bottom in mind more than anything else. It also feels like there was too much emphasis in having a big empty space so the car feels big, which it does, but you end up with a car that feels empty.

4 out of 5 stars, Great Auto
Park,
Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

It's a great car for the money.

Write a review

See all 5 reviews




Features & Specs

LS 4dr Sedan features & specs
LS 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$23,220
MPG 29 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower160 hp @ 5700 rpm
See all for sale
RS 4dr Sedan features & specs
RS 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$24,220
MPG 29 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower160 hp @ 5700 rpm
See all for sale
LT 4dr Sedan features & specs
LT 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$26,620
MPG 29 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower160 hp @ 5700 rpm
See all for sale
Premier 4dr Sedan features & specs
Premier 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A
MSRP$33,320
MPG 22 city / 32 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower250 hp @ 5300 rpm
See all for sale
See all 2020 Chevrolet Malibu features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Malibu safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Warns the driver of potential obstacles ahead. (Automatic braking is available as an optional extra.)
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Informs the driver of vehicles in perpendicular motion behind the car when reversing.
Pedestrian Detection
Warns the driver of pedestrians in the roadway and automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not take action.
NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.2%

Chevrolet Malibu vs. the competition

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Chevrolet Impala

The Impala is larger, and that provides a few benefits: a bit more rear legroom and a roomier trunk, which allows for bigger bags for longer trips. The Impala's powertrains aren't as sophisticated as the Malibu's, but some drivers may prefer its traditional automatic transmission and available V6 engine.

Compare Chevrolet Malibu & Chevrolet Impala features

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze is a good alternative to the larger Malibu. Although the rear seat of the Malibu isn't impressive compared to the back seats of its competitors, most passengers would gladly take it over the smaller Cruze's bench seat. Besides cost, the main advantage to going with the Cruze is its sportier handling.

Compare Chevrolet Malibu & Chevrolet Cruze features

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Ford Fusion

Many drivers will prefer the Fusion because of its more powerful base engine. However, that preference will come at the expense of fuel economy. Both the Fusion and the Malibu offer hybrid variants for the truly fuel-conscious. Interior and exterior dimensions are a wash between them, and they both feature easy-to-use infotainment systems.

Compare Chevrolet Malibu & Ford Fusion features
FAQ
Is the Chevrolet Malibu a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Malibu both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Malibu gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews) You probably care about Chevrolet Malibu fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Malibu gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 32 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Malibu has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Malibu. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu:

  • Several optional packages have been renamed
  • The Malibu Hybrid has been discontinued
  • Part of the ninth Malibu generation introduced for 2016
Learn more
Is the Chevrolet Malibu reliable?
To determine whether the Chevrolet Malibu is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Malibu. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Malibu's 3-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Malibu gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Malibu is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Chevrolet Malibu?

The least-expensive 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,095.

Other versions include:

  • LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,220
  • RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $24,220
  • LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $26,620
  • Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $33,320
  • L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $22,095
  • LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,220
Learn more
What are the different models of Chevrolet Malibu?
If you're interested in the Chevrolet Malibu, the next question is, which Malibu model is right for you? Malibu variants include LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of Malibu models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in the following submodels: Malibu Sedan. Available styles include LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Malibu 3.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Malibu.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Malibu featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Chevrolet Malibu?
2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,330. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $4,843 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,843 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,487.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 13.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 12 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,535. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $3,753 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,753 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,782.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 13.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 25 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,135. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $3,674 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,674 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,461.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 15.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 51 2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,135. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $3,577 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,577 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,559.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 14.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 19 2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Chevrolet Malibus are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Chevrolet Malibu for sale near. There are currently 333 new 2020 Malibus listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $23,607 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $7,325 on a used or CPO 2020 Malibu available from a dealership near you.

Can't find a new 2020 Chevrolet Malibus you want in your area? Consider a broader search.

Find a new Chevrolet Malibu for sale - 6 great deals out of 19 listings starting at $17,401.

Find a new Chevrolet for sale - 5 great deals out of 9 listings starting at $17,050.

Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Chevrolet Malibu?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

Check out Chevrolet lease specials