Power & Performance
There are two powertrains available for the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu. The base engine, standard on all but the top-trim Premier, is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission, which helps it deliver a smooth, predictable performance.
For premium performance, choose the Malibu Premier. This trim model’s exclusive powertrain, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, offers a more luxurious on-road experience. Its 250 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque ensures a much speedier drive. Also, its nine-speed transmission will impress you with its smooth-shifting action.