You might look for an SUV without thinking when you need a new vehicle for up to five people around Yellowknife and trips further afield. But why potentially spend more than you have to when you might be able to get more for less with a 2024 Chevrolet Malibu? The Malibu is a subtle reminder of why midsize sedans were the go-to vehicle for many people until relatively recently, and closer inspection reveals what great value is available if comfortable transport for five adults is what you need.
The 2024 Chevrolet Malibu lineup includes two trim levels for a slimmed-down 2024 model year family, and there’s outstanding value for money on offer at both levels. Both versions of the midsize sedan look sleek, contemporary, and mildly sporty in any of the five available exterior colours. However, if you like the sound of something more individual with a darker, sportier character, Midnight Edition, Sport Edition, and Redline Edition upgrade packages are available that fit the bill for the 1LT. All three packages include a set of attractive 19-inch black-painted alloys, black front & rear bowtie emblems, a blacked-out grille, and a nameplate badge also painted black. Perhaps understandably, Midnight Edition models are only available as black cars, while the two other packages are available in all colours. The Redline Edition is a little different and adds touches of red to the wheels, nameplate badge, and Redline decals on the mirrors.
At times like these, when gas prices are high, and so is the cost of living, it can be tough to justify big, powerful engines for vehicles aimed at commuters, shoppers, and families of up to five. Although big engines will always be appropriate in suitable vehicles, a car like the 2024 Chevrolet Malibu makes the most sense when adopting a balance of performance and economy. For the 2024 model year, a standard 1.5-litre turbo-four that develops 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque is found under the hood of both Malibu trim-level options. The power gets sent exclusively to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps with fuel efficiency. The small-displacement turbo-four and CVT combination can get you smoothly and comfortably from 0 to 97 kph in around 7.8 seconds and delivers EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 8.6 L/100 km in the city and 6.8 L/100 km on the highway.
Even though the Malibu is a four-door midsize sedan and not an SUV, a specious interior will still be on most shoppers’ wish lists. Only some will be satisfied with what they find, as the 2024 Chevrolet Malibu provides those in the front seats with 1,054 mm (41.50 in) of legroom and 968 mm (38.10 in) for those in the back. The overall passenger volume comes in at a competitive 2,914 litres, and your luggage or shopping doesn’t get neglected with an above-average 445-litre trunk.
Both available trim levels come well-equipped in their standard forms. Every Malibu comes with standard Automatic Emergency Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, and Front Pedestrian Braking. The standard infotainment system is an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit with Bluetooth phone connectivity, audio streaming, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 1LT adds an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and plenty more to justify the modest extra costs above the LS.
The 2024 Chevrolet Malibu makes a lot of sense at every level. The midsize sedan provides comfortable and spacious seating for up to five adults, with an efficiently capable powertrain and good standard features at prices you can afford. To find out what the Malibu is all about right now, drop in for a test drive with Yellowknife Motors Chevrolet Buick GMC at 360 Old Airport Rd, Yellowknife, NWT, or call us at (867)-766-5000 for more information, and we can schedule an appointment for a time suitable for you.