The 2024 Chevy Malibu represents the ninth model year of the current-generation model, for which it receives a few minor changes (see 2024 Chevy Malibu changes). One of these is the deletion of the spare wheel and tire as standard equipment. In its stead, the 2024 Malibu now features GM’s tire inflator kit.
The good news is that Chevy still offers a compact spare as an option, priced at $250. It includes the compact wheel and tire, along with the road emergency tool kit, which includes 300-amp jumper cables, warning triangle, gas siphon, Mylar blanket for staying warm, two bungee cords, two glow sticks, a pair of gloves with rubber grips, flashlight (two AAA batteries included), 50 PSI tire gauge, plus a carrying case with organizational pockets for securing the contents.
For 2023 model year, the Chevy Malibu featured a 16-inch spare wheel and compact spare tire as standard equipment, along with the aforementioned road emergency toolkit.
It’s (probably) safe to say that the compact spare wheel and tire is a more convenient option when dealing with a flat, although it does weigh more than the tire inflator kit, known as the “goop kit” amongst many gear heads. That weight, in turn, has a somewhat unfavorable (yet minuscule) impact on fuel economy. Many will likely never known the difference, as they will never deal with their own flat, instead resorting either to OnStar or their preferred emergency road service (or relative). However one choses to handle a flat, the Malibu is the latest in a long line of GM models to swap a spare for goop.
In any event, the current Chevy Malibu is offered with a single drivetrain configuration, namely the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine, rated at 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Under the skin, the midsize sedan rides on the GM E2 platform, while production takes place at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City.
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