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2020 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

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2020 Chevrolet Malibu
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The Chevy Malibu was first introduced in 1964 as a convertible subseries of the Chevelle. After a 14-year hiatus starting in 1983, the Malibu reentered our lives in 1997 as the sedan we all know and love today. Now in its ninth generation, the 2020 Malibu gets a couple new exterior colors as well as new wheels for the RS and Premier trims.

The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is available at five trims: L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier.

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Exterior & Interior

While two new colors are now available for the 2020 Malibu — Stone Gray and Black Cherry — three colors have been removed: Iridescent Pearl, Pacific Blue, and Sandy Ridge. As previously mentioned, the RS and Premier trims get new wheels for the upcoming model year. The RS will feature 18-inch aluminum wheels while the Premier goes one inch larger with its aluminum wheels. On the inside, the 2020 Malibu offers standard features like a 12-volt power outlet, six-way front seating, carpeted floor mats, keyless start, premium cloth seats, and a rear window defogger. Moving up to higher trims will allow you to enjoy amenities like power seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, front seat lumbar support, charging USB ports, ambient lighting, and Driver Memory.

  • 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2020 Chevrolet Malibu


As expected, the 2020 Chevy Malibu is equipped with the latest tech to keep you connected while on the go. Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, an 8-inch color touch-screen display, OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Access capability, a driver information center, Rear Seat Reminder, a rear vision camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Teen Driver is standard on the LS trim and above while features like the Bose premium nine-speaker audio system, navigation, and wireless charging are standard on the top-of-the-line Premier trim.

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Performance & Efficiency

All 2020 Malibu models, except the Premier, come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine under the hood paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission. Combined, the Malibu can get 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. When you opt for the 2020 Malibu Premier, you get more bang for your buck thanks to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine paired to a nine-speed automatic, capable of getting 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy sits at 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for the 1.5-liter engine while the Premier is estimated to achieve 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.