Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times

Out of all performance specs, nothing but Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times can better speak about the vehicle's temper. While horsepower and torque blow smoke in the eyes, Malibu zero to sixty specs and average time to run a quarter mile are pretty straightforward metrics allowing to compare against its competitors.

Very often there is no chance of doing Malibu 0-to-60 test personally and making conclusions from the experience of the other drivers is the last thing you want.

Conducting a trustworthy test drive requires following a strict methodology that is intended to eliminate the inconsistent circumstances like weather, tires, surface, engine temperature. It is always better to leave it for professionals.


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The cold air part is also important in making more power. Cold air is denser and contains more oxygen molecules than warm air does. So if you can get cooler air into your Chevrolet Malibu engine, your car will be able to mix more fuel with that air, making more power. Combine that with the more air through the larger and less restrictive filter and intake tube and you can see up to a 15-20 horsepower increase. K&N has even reported an estimated increase of 56.96 horsepower out of the 57-2571 intake for 2007-2009 Shelby GT500!


2021 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
L 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3126 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.1 sec, 16 @ 0
LS w/1LS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3135 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.1 sec, 16 @ 0
RS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3135 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.1 sec, 16 @ 0
LT 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3159 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.1 sec, 16 @ 0
Premier 4dr Sedan
250 Hp, 260 Lb-Ft., 3223 Weight, 22 City / 33 Hwy mpg
8.1 sec, 16 @ 0

2020 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
L 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3126 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 14.3 @ 0
LS w/1LS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3135 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 14.3 @ 0
RS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3135 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 14.3 @ 0
LT 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3159 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 14.3 @ 0
Premier 4dr Sedan
250 Hp, 260 Lb-Ft., 3223 Weight, 22 City / 32 Hwy mpg
8.2 sec, 14.3 @ 0

2019 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
L 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3126 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
6.3 sec, 14.3 @ 0
LS w/1LS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3135 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
6.3 sec, 14.3 @ 0
RS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3135 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
6.3 sec, 14.3 @ 0
LT 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3159 Weight, 29 City / 36 Hwy mpg
6.3 sec, 14.3 @ 0
Premier 4dr Sedan
250 Hp, 260 Lb-Ft., 3223 Weight, 22 City / 32 Hwy mpg
6.3 sec, 14.3 @ 0

2018 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Premier 4dr Sedan
250 Hp, 260 Lb-Ft., 3388 Weight, 22 City / 33 Hwy mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 100
L 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3086 Weight, 27 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.5 sec, 16.5 @ 85
LS w/1LS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3097 Weight, 27 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.5 sec, 16.5 @ 85
LT 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3126 Weight, 27 City / 36 Hwy mpg
8.5 sec, 16.5 @ 85

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 8.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph 25.3 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph 9.5 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph 4.8 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph 6.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile 16.4 sec @ 85 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph 172 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.87 g
Source: С&D

2017 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Premier w/2LZ 4dr Sedan
250 Hp, 260 Lb-Ft., 3388 Weight, N/A mpg
5.7 sec, 14.3 @ 100
L 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3086 Weight, 27 City / 37 Hwy mpg
8.5 sec, 16.5 @ 85
LS w/1LS 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3097 Weight, 27 City / 37 Hwy mpg
8.5 sec, 16.5 @ 85
LT w/1LT 4dr Sedan
160 Hp, 184 Lb-Ft., 3126 Weight, 27 City / 37 Hwy mpg
8.5 sec, 16.5 @ 85

Car And Driver Results

Zero to 60 mph 8.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph 24.7 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph 8.9 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph 4.9 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph 4.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile 16.4 sec @ 85 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph 171 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.86 g
Source: С&D


Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 mph acceleration across years

Year of a Model0-60 times1/4 mile times
2021

8.1 sec

16 @ 0 mph
2020

8.2 sec

14.3 @ 0 mph
2019

6.3 sec

14.3 @ 0 mph
2018

5.7 - 8.5 sec

14.3 @ 100 - 16.5 @ 85 mph
2017

5.7 - 8.5 sec

14.3 @ 100 - 16.5 @ 85 mph
2016

6.1 - 8.5 sec

14.7 @ 97 - 16.5 @ 85 mph
2015

6.2 - 7.8 sec

14.7 @ 0 - 16.2 @ 0 mph
2014

6.7 - 8.2 sec

15.3 @ 0 - 16.3 @ 0 mph
2013

6.5 - 8.2 sec

15.2 @ 91 - 16.5 @ 87 mph
2012

6.4 - 8.8 sec

15 @ 93 - 16.9 @ 82 mph
2011

8.8 sec

16.9 @ 82 mph
2010

8.8 - 9.4 sec

17 @ 82 mph
2009

8.9 - 9.4 sec

17 @ 82 mph
2008

6.8 - 9.4 sec

15.3 @ 91 - 17 @ 82 mph
2007

7.2 - 9.6 sec

15.2 @ 96 - 17.1 @ 83 mph
2006

6.2 - 9.6 sec

14.8 @ 93 - 17.1 @ 83 mph
2005

8.1 - 9.8 sec

15.9 @ 92 - 17.2 @ 83 mph
2004

8.1 - 9.8 sec

15.9 @ 92 - 17.2 @ 83 mph
2003

8.7 sec

16.4 @ 89 mph
2002

8.5 - 8.6 sec

17.2 @ 0 mph
2001

8.5 - 8.6 sec

17.1 @ 0 - 17.2 @ 0 mph
2000

8.5 - 8.6 sec

17.1 @ 0 - 17.2 @ 0 mph
1999

9.4 sec

17.9 @ 0 - 18 @ 0 mph

Most mid-size sedans tend to be boring economy cars – take the Corolla for example. But not all of them – the Chevrolet Malibu is one of the mid-size vehicles that combines good performance, involving driving experience and comfort in a stylish package. Add to that a roomy interior and the Malibu immediately becomes a winner in a lot of people minds.

The Malibu is available with three powertrains – a 1.5 and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and a 1.8-liter gasoline hybrid with a lithium-ion battery. It’s also available in several trims, but the lower ones don’t come with the advanced safety systems available, which is a shame on Chevrolet’s end. That said, this doesn’t detract from the fact that the Malibu is a solid mid-size sedan for the price.

 

Chevrolet Malibu Performance

The base Chevrolet Malibu comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. This engine provides enough oomph in the lower rev range but quickly loses breath. That said, it’s pretty fuel-efficient, with a rating of 27/36 city-highway.

If you’re serious about performance, the 2.0-liter turbo-four is a much better choice. This engine churns in 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is equipped with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Thanks to the ample torque down in the rev range, the bigger engine pulls readily whenever the driver needs maximum acceleration. The gearbox helps here as well – there are more gears to play with and the gear shifting happens almost instantly.

Chevrolet offers a hybrid powertrain as well. This one has a 1.8-liter gasoline engine, that develops 182 horsepower with the help of an electric motor. The hybrid version is equipped with a CVT, which is not very responsive if you’re into a sporty driving experience, but on the other hand, it returns 49 mpg in the city, which is an impressive number, and 43 mpg on the highway. Buy the hybrid only if you’re into fuel-efficiency.

 

Exterior & Interior

On the outside, the Malibu catches the eye with an elegant, yet sharp looking lines. Some may even call it sporty. All in all, we think it’s one of the best-looking vehicles in its segment.

The interior can easily be recognized as a Chevrolet, and that’s not a bad thing. It looks premium in our eyes and it’s equipped with a lot of tech – a 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard, while higher-end trims get an even bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment.

While we are at it, the Malibu comes in five available trims. The Malibu L, Malibu LS, and Malibu LT are all available with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the Malibu Hybrid is available only with the hybrid powertrain, while the Malibu Premier is available with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. We would’ve liked the most powerful engine to be available at least in the LT trim.

 

Conclusion

The Malibu looks stylish on the outside, has a roomy interior with a pleasing design, a lot of standard and available technology, a good balance between handling and comfort and is available with efficient and powerful powertrains. All of these attributes certainly make it one of the best vehicles in its class at this moment.

 

Ivo Gievski



Chevrolet Malibu specs