You may often find affordable vehicles can give pricier models a run for their money. This is particularly true of the 2024 Chevy Malibu, which starts at a surprisingly affordable price for what you get. It’s vehicles like this that make you wonder why so many people opt to spend more money without getting much more for it. The 2024 Chevy Malibu has a starting price of $25,100 and gives you a plethora of tech and modern-day amenities.[a] Among its many standard features, you will find the Chevy Safety Assist suite, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
For that low base MSRP, you’ll get the Malibu LS. Many manufacturers cheap out on their entry-level models in order to appear less expensive than the competition, but the result is a vehicle that’s virtually nothing like its higher trims. That’s not the case with the 2024 Malibu because the LS has many of the same features as the RS, 1LT, and 2LT trims. This leaves the rest of the Malibu lineup to focus on details such as more premium materials, a more refined or sporty exterior, and luxuries like heated power-adjustable seats. The 2024 Chevy Malibu is a great choice when it comes to contemporary sedans.
The 2024 Chevy Malibu has excellent cargo space, and driving it on your commute, no matter how long it is, will be cozy and enjoyable thanks to a generous amount of head and legroom. Opening the trunk reveals 15.7 cu.ft. of cargo space, which is more than enough for anything relating to your daily commute or weekly responsibilities like grocery shopping. It has more trunk space than many other midsize sedans on the market, like the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Legacy. Midsize sedans are a mix of compactness and versatility, leading to the cargo space we see in the Malibu.
Sedans often don't have as much cabin room as SUVs, but the Chevy Malibu bucks the trend. If you need ample passenger room, you can lay your worries to rest because there’s a fantastic amount of head and legroom for everyone in the vehicle, along with hip and shoulder room. When you’re driving the 2024 Malibu, you’ll have 39.1 inches of headroom, 41.5 inches of legroom, 54.1 inches of hip room, and 58.5 inches of shoulder room in the front. That gives you plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the ride, no matter where you are going.
Many sedan drivers are used to traveling without passengers, but that doesn’t mean people won’t ever be sitting in the back seats. In fact, midsize sedans are better family vehicles than some compact SUVs. There’s no better proof than the second-row measurements. Anyone sitting in the back row of the 2024 Malibu will have 37.5 inches of headroom, 38.1 inches of legroom, 53.4 inches of hip room, and 57.1 inches of shoulder room. That means sitting in the back row feels nearly as spacious as riding in the front.
When you’re driving on the road, there are all sorts of bumps in your path. In the worst-case situations, accidents and collisions occur. In any situation that calls for vigilance, the car should be as ready for anything as the driver, and vehicles need to be well-equipped to handle any situation. Airbags have been employed in cars for as long as many of us can remember, and like anything in the automotive industry, airbags have seen many advancements. The 2024 Chevy Malibu is well-equipped with airbags—the base model comes with 10 airbags situated throughout the cabin.
The base Chevy Malibu is another Chevy car to get the Chevy Safety Assist treatment. Chevy Safety Assist is a collection of advanced driver-assist features, including passive tools that don’t require any action by the driver but are always active and watching out for your safety. This isn’t something only Chevy has been doing, but it’s admirable that Chevy is ready to give drivers the best available features for some of the lowest prices possible. With the affordable price of the 2024 Malibu, safer and more vigilant driving is something everyone can take part in and enjoy.
Chevy’s implementation of Chevy Safety Assist for the Malibu includes features like Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking. These two features work closely together to help you reduce the chances of a frontal collision by warning you if your vehicle is getting too close to another. If you don't react in time, the Malibu will automatically apply the brakes before the impact. There is also Front Pedestrian Braking, which works much like Automatic Emergency Braking. This feature is designed to immediately stop your vehicle if an unforeseen pedestrian crosses the street, a child runs in front of your car, and other possible situations.
Standard and Available Features
Every 2024 Malibu also comes with IntelliBeam Auto High Beams. With these, you’ll no longer have to manually adjust between your high beams and low beams to improve visibility and avoid blinding other drivers. Instead, IntelliBeam Auto High Beams dynamically adjust for safe and reliable travel. A Following Distance Indicator calculates how many seconds there are between you and the vehicle in front of you. This indicator serves many functions, one of which is a companion to Adaptive Cruise Control, which is available on the 2LT trim. Other available features include Automatic Parking Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which use built-in sensors in the back of the vehicle.
The last standard safety features for the Malibu are Teen Driver Technology, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Teen Driver is Chevy’s patented suite of software designed to teach new drivers safe habits. It puts parents in charge of many aspects of their teen’s driving, such as setting speed and volume limits and much more. It even produces a report card to keep you aware of how your teen is doing behind the wheel. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning will alert you if you begin drifting out of your line and provide subtle steering feedback to assist you back into the ideal position.
Premium Features at Affordable Prices
All of the magic of 2024 Malibu happens within the cabin. It’s here where Chevy successfully blends premium features with value pricing. An example of these premium features is standard Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allows you to keep the interior clean of any cables unless you need to charge your phone. However, the Malibu is also available with a wireless charging pad to solve that problem. For internet on the go, there is a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
The infotainment center running the show includes the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System and an eight-inch touchscreen. A more refined infotainment center with a higher-quality screen and built-in navigation is also available. A six-speaker audio setup comes with the lower-end Malibu trims, but on the 2LT, this speaker system is interchanged for a nine-speaker Bose setup. With HD Radio and SiriusXM, you have access to an incredible amount of content wherever you drive.
The seats in the 2024 Malibu are comfortable and are available in cloth, premium cloth, and genuine leather. By default, the 2024 Malibu has six-way manually adjustable seats for both you and the passenger seated beside you. On the 2LT, the passenger’s seat is enhanced to a six-way power-adjustable seat. The RS, 1LT, and 2LT all replace the manual driver’s seat with an eight-way power-adjustable seat with lumbar control. Lumbar control is available for the passenger next to you, but only on the 2LT. The 2LT is the cream of the crop for drivers looking to maximize the features in their Malibu, but even the affordable LS trim comes loaded with plenty of features that make it a fantastic buy.