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From 2016 onwards, the Chevrolet Malibu underwent a significant transformation to become a more competitive player in the midsize sedan segment. This generation featured a sleeker, more aerodynamic design, shedding its previous conservative image. It boasted a roomier and more refined interior with improved materials and a user-friendly infotainment system, including features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Safety took center stage by including advanced driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. While a range of four-cylinder engines was available, Chevrolet also introduced a hybrid variant to enhance fuel efficiency. The 2016-Present Chevrolet Malibu aimed to appeal to a broader audience by offering modern styling, advanced technology, and a focus on safety in a highly competitive midsize sedan market.



Chevrolet Malibu specifications, engine oil capacity, spark plug gap, safety rating, fuel consumption, Transmission, and light bulb sizes.

Engine 1.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended Oil Viscosity: 0W-20
  • Oil certification: DEXOS-1
  • Oil capacity: 5.3 quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 1.5L 4-Cylinder: 0.028″‘

Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended Oil Viscosity: 5W-30
  • Oil certification: DEXOS-1
  • Oil capacity: 5.3 quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder: 0.036”


  • Capacity:
  • 1.5L L4 Engine (LFV): 6.9 qt (6.5 L)
  • 1.8L L4 Engine (LKN):7.6 qt (7.2 L)
  • High Voltage Battery Cooling (LKN only): 2.3 qt (2.2 L)
  • 2.0L L4 Engine (LTG): 7.2 qt (6.8 L)


  • Capacity: 
  • 1.8L L4 Engine: 13.0 gal (49.2 L)
  • 1.5L L4 Engine, 2.0L L4 Engine: 15.8 gal (59.8 L)

Automatic Transmission (1.8L and 2.0L Engines)

  • Type: DEXRON-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Automatic Transmission (1.5L Engine)

  • Type: Continuously Variable Ratio Transmission (CVT) Fluid. (GM Part No.19355873, in Canada 19355874)

Engine Coolant (Except 1.8L Hybrid)

  • Type: 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL Coolant.

Engine Coolant and Power Electronics Cooling System (1.8L  Hybrid Only)

  • Type: Use Only Premix DEX-COOL Coolant (GM Part No. 12378390, in Canada 10953456).

Engine Oil

  • Type: Engine oil meeting the dexos1 specification of the proper SAE viscosity grade. ACDelco dexos1 full synthetic is recommended.

Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary Latch, Pivots, Spring Anchor, and Release Pawl

  • Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. 89021668, in  Canada 89021674) or lubricant meeting NLGI #2 Category  LB or GC-LB requirements.

Hydraulic Brake System

  • Type: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 19353126, in Canada 19353127)

Key Lock Cylinders, Hood and Door Hinges

  • Type: Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in Canada 10953474).

Weatherstrip Conditioning

  • Type: Weatherstrip Lubricant (GM Part No. 3634770, in Canada 10953518) or equivalent

Windshield Washer

  • Type: Automotive windshield washer fluid that meets regional freeze protection requirements



  • 1.35 L L3T I3 turbo (gasoline)
  • 1.5 L LFV I4 turbo (gasoline)
  • 1.8 L LKN I4 hybrid (gasoline)
  • 2.0 L LTG I4 turbo (gasoline)
  • 2.0 L LSY I4 (turbo gasoline)


  • 6-speed GM 6T45 automatic
  • 8-speed Aisin AWF8F45 automatic (2016 only)
  • 9-speed GM 9T50 (M3E) (2017–)
  • GM Voltec 5ET50 (MKE) (2016–2019) Multi-mode two-motor, electronic continuously-variable automatic transaxle (Hybrid model)
  • GM CVT250 (MRG) CVT (2019–)

Fuel Consumption


Safety Ratings



Front Lights

  • Daytime Running Light Bulb: LED
  • Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 194
  • Front Turn Signal Light Bulb: 7444NA
  • High Beam and Low Beam Headlight Bulb:
    • 9005L+
    • 9005SL+

Rear Lights

  • Back Up Light Bulb: 921
  • Brake Light Bulb:
    • 7443LL
    • LED
  • Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb: LED
  • Inner Tail Light Bulb: 2825L
  • License Plate Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Outer Tail Light Bulb: 7443LL
  • Parking Light Bulb: 7444NA
  • Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb: 194
  • Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb:
    • 7443LL
    •  LED
  • Tail Light Bulb: LED

Interior Lights

  • Dome Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Map Light Bulb: 2825L
  • Trunk Light Bulb: 175
  • Vanity Mirror Light Bulb: 7065