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Chevrolet Malibu

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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. 

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Commuters

Commuter vehicles have a minimum EPA-estimated mileage of 30 mpg combined. May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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5 Generations

Malibu - 5 Generations

2016–2019 Malibu

Redesigned in 2016
2016–2019 Malibu Generation, 2019 Chevrolet Malibu model shown Showing the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

A stylish redesign made the current Malibu one of the better-looking entries in the mid-size category, as well as giving it an improved interior with more rear-seat room, refined powertrains and improved fuel economy. A new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder is the base engine, while a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is optional. A hybrid powertrain is also available, netting an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined. 

  • MSRP Range $22,090–$31,670
  • Consumer Rating Not yet rated
  • Combined MPG 26-30
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • MSRP Range $21,680–$31,020
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 84 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-30
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2018
  • New Redline Edition available
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay connectivity on most trims
  • Nine-speed automatic on Premier trim
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Teen Driver monitoring system available
  • MSRP Range $21,680–$30,975
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 204 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-30
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2017
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity on most trims
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission on Premier trim
  • New Sport Package available
  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Teen Driver monitoring system available
  • Current List Price $11,602–$22,454
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 101 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-31
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2016
  • All-new five-seat midsize sedan
  • Front-wheel drive, gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Much more interior space, especially in back
  • Available teen driver safety monitor system
  • Hybrid estimated at over 45 mpg city

2013–2015 Malibu

Redesigned in 2013
Showing the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2013 redesign will not be remembered as a benchmark in Malibu history; our 2013 review noted little more than a large trunk and quiet interior as its high points. Better news was the addition of the excellent Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system. Base power came from a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder was optional. An Eco version delivered an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined thanks to a mild-hybrid powertrain. Unfortunately, interior quality was not up to par, and the backseat was cramped. 

  • Current List Price $10,569–$18,637
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 121 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2015
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder with stop-start technology standard
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder available
  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Current List Price $8,539–$17,071
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 103 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2014
  • More efficient base 2.5-liter engine with stop-start technology
  • Overhauled front-end styling
  • More backseat room
  • Revised suspension tuning
  • Current List Price $7,513–$15,169
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 135 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2013
  • High-mileage Eco trim debuts first
  • Stop/start engine (Eco)
  • Slightly wider than 2012 model
  • New 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine

2008–2012 Malibu

Redesigned in 2008
Showing the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Much improved all around, the 2008 Malibu had a longer wheelbase and more interior room, plus more style inside and out. Improved interior materials with available two-tone themes were a big improvement, and the ride was quiet and comfortable. This was also the last generation of the Malibu to offer a V-6 engine. Standard power came from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and a mild-hybrid version was also available. 

  • Current List Price $5,074–$13,046
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 98 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2012
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard OnStar navigation service
  • Three sets of child-seat anchors
  • Current List Price $4,428–$12,476
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 116 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2011
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard OnStar navigation service
  • Three sets of child-seat anchors
  • Current List Price $3,584–$11,684
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 80 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2010
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Standard OnStar navigation service
  • Three sets of child-seat anchors
  • Power lumbar support now standard
  • Current List Price $3,345–$10,669
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 62 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2009
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Six-speed automatic available on certain trim levels
  • Optional four-piece moonroof
  • Hybrid model
  • Current List Price $2,813–$10,205
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 81 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2008
  • Redesigned for 2008
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available two-tone dashboard
  • Six-speed automatic includes paddle shifters
  • Optional four-piece moonroof

2004–2007 Malibu

Redesigned in 2004
Showing the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Based on a platform shared with GM’s former Opel brand, this generation was the only Malibu to be offered as a Euro-style hatchback in addition to a sedan. With a large rear opening and sliding rear seats, the Malibu Maxx hatch added practicality but was not a big hit with buyers. Four- and six-cylinder engines were available, and Chevrolet brought back the SS nameplate for 2006, featuring suspension and trim upgrades and added performance from a 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6.

  • Current List Price $1,321–$8,041
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 27 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2007
  • Three available engines
  • Electric power steering
  • Available remote starter
  • Current List Price $1,325–$7,541
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 45 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-28
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2006
  • FWD layout
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Electric power steering
  • New SS model for 2006
  • Available remote starter
  • Current List Price $1,134–$6,438
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 47 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2005
  • FWD layout
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Electric power steering
  • Fully independent suspension
  • Available remote starter
  • Current List Price $1,217–$6,833
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 28 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-29
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2004
  • FWD layout
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Electric power steering
  • Fully independent suspension
  • Available remote starter

1997–2003 Malibu

Redesigned in 1997
Showing the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

Returning after a 14-year absence, the Malibu nameplate came back in 1997 as a front-wheel-drive replacement for the Chevrolet Corsica. Long on value (if not excitement), power came from a standard 150-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or an optional 155-hp, 3.1-liter V-6. Standard safety features included antilock brakes. This generation remained in production until 2005 as the Malibu Classic, which was sold to fleets. 

  • Current List Price $504–$5,516
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 31 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $405–$5,241
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.7) 18 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $180–$5,384
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 16 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 2001 Model 2001 Malibu Articles
  • Current List Price $302–$5,114
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.4) 20 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 2000 Model 2000 Malibu Articles
  • Current List Price $194–$4,814
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.8) 17 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1999 Model 1999 Malibu Articles
  • Current List Price $457–$4,165
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.6) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1998 Model 1998 Malibu Articles
  • Current List Price $40–$4,532
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.7) 3 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1997 Model 1997 Malibu Articles

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