2021 Chevrolet Malibu for Sale in Springfield, MA
While it may seem to some that the sedan has fallen by the wayside in terms of popularity, the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is giving people a reason to reconsider its place in the industry. This midsized four-door with a classic nameplate has a premium and confident look about it, and its spacious interior is crafted with appealing soft-touch materials. It gets remarkable fuel economy, too, making it an ideal choice for the commuter who wants a car that’s simple yet stylish. For model year 2021, the Malibu receives standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and its LT trim level is eligible for a brand-new Sport Edition Package (19-inch black-painted wheels, black front and rear bowtie emblems, a blacked-out grille, and a black nameplate badge).
Trims and Powertrains
There are five trims on offer with the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu: the L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier. The first four have a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (160 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque) with a continuously variable transmission. The Premier is upgraded with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque) and nine-speed automatic transmission. Every trim is front-wheel drive. Based on EPA listings, the 1.5-liter turbo models return 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The higher-performing Premier makes a slight trade-off, achieving 22 city/33 highway.
Standard and Available Equipment
The base L gets some nice features, like automatic on/off headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat. The LS adds a Wi-Fi hotspot to the mix. The sportier RS has black exterior trim, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear-seat center armrest. The LT gets heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and rear console HVAC vents. The LS is also eligible for three appearance packages – Midnight, Sport, and Redline – which mainly provide black exterior accents and larger wheels. The Premier comes with a ton of neat and useful features, like LED headlights, turn-signal indicators for the side mirrors, a dual-panel moonroof, leather upholstery, driver’s seat memory, ventilated front seats, a wireless charge pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated rear outboard seats. Many of these upscale features are optional on the lower trims.
Safety and Technology
Chevrolet makes quite a few active safety features available for the ’21 Malibu. For the LS, RS, and LT, the Driver Confidence I Package will issue rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind-zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. There’s also a Driver Confidence II Package that includes those features plus automatic high beams, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking. The Premier qualifies for an Enhanced Driver Confidence Package that yields all of that plus adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and an electronic parking brake. The LS and above trims also have Chevy’s Teen Driver system, which encourages responsible habits for young drivers behind the wheel. This valuable feature also gives parents an industry-first in-vehicle report card so they can keep track of their new driver’s on-road habits. There’s a standard Buckle-to-Drive system for these trims, too, that prevents the vehicle from being driven until the driver’s seat belt is secured.
The Malibu has a nice assortment of convenient and modern technology features. The L, LS, and RS have the base infotainment system, which gets an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. The LT adds SiriusXM satellite radio, while the Premier upgrades to a high-definition touchscreen and navigation.