STATUS: Hybrid model is gone for 2020 - The cancellation of the full-size Impala and the compact Cruze leaves only the midsize Malibu and subcompact Sonic as the sole remaining sedans in Chevrolet's fleet. The Malibu is attractively and intelligently designed, allowing it to compete head-to-head with its rivals. That segment has been reduced by one member with the departure of the Ford Fusion sedan. For the 2019 model year, Chevy refreshed the Malibu with a new grille and headlight pods, and a new eight-inch touchscreen. But perhaps the most significant change was the adoption of a continuously variable transmission that replaced the six-speed automatic for models equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder carried on with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Malibu Hybrid has been deleted, which shouldn't be all that surprising since it used technology from the Chevrolet Volt, which has also been discontinued.
Base price (incl. destination): $23,000
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-4, turbocharged (163); 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (250)
Transmissions: Continuously variable (1.5); nine-speed automatic (2.0)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 29/36/32 (1.5)
Weight (lb.): 3,110