2021 Chevrolet Malibu for Sale in Johnston, RI


The Malibu nameplate was first used by Chevy in 1964 for its souped-up and decked-out version of the Chevelle (it was originally called the Chevelle Malibu). Being named for an exquisite locale on the Southern California coast bolstered the car’s image, and it sold like hotcakes. Eventually, there were coupe, sedan, and wagon versions of the Malibu, but it faded away in the 1980s. Chevy brought back the name in 1997, putting it on a front-wheel drive four-door. The Malibu continues its ninth generation, with the 2021 model with stylistic and interior improvements. Wireless smartphone integration is now standard, and there are numerous optional packages, including appearance packages for the LS trim, so that buyers can customize their Malibu to their liking.

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Trims and Mechanical Basics

Chevrolet presents the Malibu in a quintet of trim levels – L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier – with a couple of LT appearance packages that will ramp up the style factor. The base engine (standard in all but the Premier) is a turbocharged 164-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder that works with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Premier gets a 250 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA’s official fuel economy ratings, the base-engine models get 29 miles per gallon around town and 36 mpg on the highway. The Premier is rated at 22 city/33 highway.

Standard Features and Options

Some highlights of the base L’s standard equipment are automatic headlights, keyless entry/ignition, engine stop/start for enhanced fuel economy, capless fuel fill, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The LS also gets a Wi-Fi hotspot, driver’s and front passenger’s visor mirrors with covers, and a couple of safety features: Buckle to Drive (which prevents shifting out of park until the driver’s seatbelt is fastened) and Teen Driver technology. The latter feature records data on new drivers’ habits, such as speeding, and allows parents or guardians to review that information to reinforce safety.

The RS has a distinct style, with its rear spoiler, dual exhaust, 18-inch wheels, and black grille with chrome surround, and other black exterior accents. Some of its added interior features are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, a power driver’s seat, and a rear-seat center armrest. The LT receives heated side mirrors in body color, dual-zone cabin temperature control, heated front seats, and rear HVAC vents. This trim qualifies for three appearance packages – Midnight, Sport, and Redline – which provide black and/or red exterior accents and other minor style variations. The Premier is loaded with the likes of LED headlights, integrated turn-signal indicators on the exterior mirrors, a dual-panel moonroof, leather seats (ventilated in front and heated all around), driver’s seat position memory, a wireless charge pad, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Many of these desirable upgrades can be added as options on the lower trims.

Technology for Safety and Connectivity

Most of the driver-assist features on the ’21 Malibu are added through optional packages. The Driver Confidence I Package (for the LS, RS, and LT) adds lane change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear parking assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Driver Confidence II Package has those technologies as well as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, lane departure alert, and a following distance indicator. Those who choose the Premier can add the Enhanced Driver Confidence Package, which contains the aforementioned features plus adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and an electronic parking brake.

It’s important to keep in touch with the outside world on the road, and the Malibu is equipped to make that easy. The base infotainment system, found in the first three trims, has a generous 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a sound system with six speakers. SiriusXM satellite radio is included on the LT and Premier, and the Premier also gets navigation and an upgraded hi-def touchscreen.

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