2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS essentials: Rally Sport family sedan

Our Opinion: Choosing a Rally Sport Malibu shows your dark side. Or at least your preference for dark, as the grille, Bowtie logos and rear spoiler all come in black. Additionally, you get 18-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust. Inside, Chevrolet wrapped the seats in black cloth and the shifter and steering wheels in leather. The rear spoiler is a touch much, but otherwise it’s a nice addition to an already attractive car.
The fact that Chevrolet decided to swap the automatic for a CVT is less than stellar for the driving enthusiast crowd, but it replaces a six-speed automatic, not a six-speed manual. So it’s not the end of the world. And, honestly, the Malibu’s transmission behaved well enough to go unnoticed. For a CVT, that’s a compliment. Generally speaking, the 1.5-liter proved adequate to move the Malibu around. But the noises and general refinement of the powertrain are behind the best of the group.