CMF Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: RTP Area, North Carolina
Re: 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Pros and Cons
Did they upgrade materials to soft-touch in the 2019? My 2017 Premier is full of hard plastics.
It's not the design of the interior that's the problem in this car, it's the materials choices and crummy graining in the interior that gripe me and for 2019 the color choices on top of that. The materials look low-grade, the graining makes it look like that (along with not pairing black plastics with the tan leather). Now they deleted the saddle/tan leather for basically an off-white, so you can have boring, ugly or rental-grade cheap colors, your choice. Genius. Deleting the tan was plain idiotic, it was a great looking color (which should have been paired with black, not with that gray/tan/rental-car color).
The option packages are also more obnoxious now, you're forced to take options with items you do not want to get what you do want more often now. In my case, I didn't want 19" rims and was able to get the '17 Premier exactly as I wanted it. To get the same thing now I'm forced to get 19" rims, and they even split the 2 safety/convenience packages into 3 packages.
What are these people thinking??? They're actively driving customers away with obnoxious pricing/option packages in a market that's dropping. What a groovy way to run the business.
At least with the Cruze they've made the option packaging and pricing a lot more attractive (just in time to basically kill the car). GM product planning and marketing at it's finest!