2024 Chevy Malibu RS

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  • Overview

    A black 2024 Chevy Malibu RS on a white background.

    The four-door sedan is one aspect of the automotive industry that almost seems like a lost art form. The further rise in popularity that the SUV continues to have means that many brands have taken it upon themselves to manufacture more to keep up with the public's demand. Despite this practice, options are still available for consumers who prefer something with four doors, four wheels, and a powertrain that can be sustainable and economical regarding fuel consumption.

    One of the best options for consumers searching for these attributes is the 2024 Chevy Malibu RS. For those of you who were around during the 1980s, the term RS (Rally Sport) might conjure up memories of the Camaro, and the trim name has been prominent on many SUVs that Chevy manufactures. Today's discussion will be limited to the Malibu RS, one of four trims available on the 2024 Malibu.

    The legacy of the Malibu is a storied one, with many unique phases in its longevity, from a muscle car to a luxury sedan, and now a four-door offering with a low price that can accommodate the basic need of transportation, which is always of the utmost importance to many. Suppose you're in the market for economy and capability. In that case, you'll want to pay close attention to what information we have for you today because it might be just the vehicle you're looking for.

    160

    Horsepower (hp)

    184

    Torque (lb-ft)

    8

    Screen Size (in)

    Starting at

    $26,000[a]

  • Performance

    A close-up of the headlight and grille of a red 2024 Chevy Malibu RS.

    The Standard Turbocharged 1.5L Engine

    Perhaps you remember the stories of the Chevelle Malibu SS and its small black V8 powertrain ripping up the blacktop several decades ago. In that case, you might be surprised at what the new Malibu RS comes with, but you'll also be impressed at its economical capability. All versions of the Malibu are equipped with a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine. The output generated from the powertrain, 163 hp, and the ability to generate 184 lb-ft of torque is more than enough to handle the daily commute.

    Speaking of which, the Malibu's engine is paired with a CVT (continuously variable transmission). Shifting gears in accordance with traffic patterns, this transmission has become popular in recent years as a means of sustaining fuel economy in the stop-and-go patterns that accompany driving in the city. While official 2024 ratings are not out yet by the EPA, looking at last year's identical engine option can give us an idea of what to expect from the Malibu RS on the road, which is 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway, numbers that are certainly impressive.

    Control on the Road

    Aside from its powertrain geared towards practicality, the Malibu has other mechanical features that enhance its performance, no matter where the road might take you. When the asphalt beneath your tires is a bit more challenging to navigate than usual, the Malibu will keep things smooth thanks to its four-link rear suspension, which can absorb the effects of uneven pavement. Along with a rear stabilizer and Chevy's Stabilitrak traction control system, your travels will be easy to manage. The Malibu's electronic grade braking is there to assist when it comes to going downhill, as it ensures that the driver no longer has to ride the brake pedal while maintaining an ideal speed.

    An Available Engine Block Heater

    Drivers who reside in colder climates or deal with temperatures that drop below freezing in the winter can opt for an engine block heater. This makes starting your vehicle in colder weather easier and keeps the engine block and various fluids at a sustainable temperature.

  • Design

    The black interior of a 2024 Chevy Malibu RS.

    A Sleek, Head-Turning Exterior

    The RS trim gets a rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels, all-season blackwall tires, and black Chevy emblems to match the front fascia. This is all topped off with a jet-black Malibu badge that sets the RS trim apart from its counterparts.

    An Inviting, Feature-Filled Interior

    Its eye-catching exterior design aside, the interior of the Malibu RS is even more impressive and further accentuates the aura of sophistication that one experiences when one looks at the vehicle for the first time. Car and Driver Magazine was quick to point out how smart the Malibu's symmetrical dashboard looks. After taking a closer look at the interior, we fully agree with this sentiment.

    Nestled neatly between two HVAC vents is an eight-inch infotainment screen that provides access to a host of features, including compatibility with Apple and Android products, allowing you to take your favorite apps on the road. The RS trim also comes with three years of OnStar, a roadside technology company that has proven adept at theft recovery, roadside assistance, and emergency services. A six-speaker stereo system is also standard and ideally suited for the audiophile in all of us.

    The RS trim benefits from the inclusion of several interior features unavailable on the base trim, significantly enhancing the comfort level. These include an eight-way power driver seat with additional lumbar control, a wrapped wheel, and a body-color antenna to match the Malibu's sleek exterior design. As you can see, the advantages of the RS trim are an increased focus on comfort and style, something any driver can get behind.

  • Safety

    A driver utilizing the Park Assist feature in a 2024 Chevy Malibu RS.

    Award-Winning Protection

    While much has undoubtedly changed about the Chevy Malibu since it first debuted years ago, the necessity of providing safe travels has always been consistent. Chevy has always had a well-earned reputation for having safe vehicles that protect drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and the other drivers with whom they share the road. Before diving into the features of the Chevy Malibu RS, we must examine a wholly unbiased and objective source to determine which vehicles are safest on the road. The 2024 Chevy Malibu was awarded a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA in collision testing. In the event of a collision, you can rest assured that the vehicle you're traveling in is safe.

    Chevy Safety Assist

    A host of features come standard on the RS trim of the Malibu, courtesy of the Chevy Safety Assist suite, and we're more than happy to discuss them and the advantages they offer. Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Alert are both standard, and when paired with Chevy's Following Distance Indicator, reaction time can be maximized; it's what separates a close call from a collision, and the oversight that each of these features offers can be very effective in ensuring safety.

    Other items that are crucial to safety include Front Pedestrian Braking and Rear Park Assist. These are essential in crowded parking lots and driveways, where your surroundings sometimes limit visibility. Speaking of visibility, the Malibu RS also comes standard with IntelliBeam automatic high beams. These engage when visibility is limited due to a lack of light and disengage during the presence of oncoming traffic to ensure the visibility of other drivers as well. Lane Keep Assist is also included and works to ensure you stay in your lane during travels. Visibility is the cornerstone of safe driving, and ensuring that yours is unobscured is imperative.

    Available Features

    For those looking to maximize their experience, additional items can be outfitted on the RS trim for additional protection and oversight. These include Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns you about other vehicles crossing your path when backing out of a driveway or parking space. Also available is the Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. These are imperative for situations such as highway driving. Both functions can help prevent a collision when changing lanes, one of the most common occurrences yearly.

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