One of the oldest nameplates in the auto industry, the Chevrolet Malibu first appeared in 1964. Several generations followed until 1983, when the Malibu went on hiatus until 1997. Always a mid-size car, the Malibu has become alternately larger and smaller with the times, always remaining popular with families. That doesn’t mean it’s always been the best choice, but the current Malibu is a worthy contender in a very competitive class. Conventional and hybrid powertrains are available.