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Chevrolet Malibu Model Years

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The name "Malibu" first appeared in 1964 as an optional trim level for the Chevelle, one of Chevrolet's popular muscle cars. The Malibu became a full-fledged model in 1978—as a full line of rear-wheel drive sedans, coupes and wagons—but was slain in 1983 as smaller, fuel-efficient imports became more popular.

In 1997, Chevrolet relaunched the Malibu as a front-wheel drive, mid-size sedan. Now, in its eighth generation, the accomplished Malibu offers gas and hybrid engine, and a host of gadgets and features.

Chevrolet Malibu Generations

2013 - 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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The new-for-2013 Malibu continues as Chevrolet's entry in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. The overall design is trimmer and more athletic than before, with styling cues borrowed from the sporty Camaro. Some reviewers have taken issue with the slight reduction in interior space, a vital spec in this class. The engine roster now consists of four-cylinders only. However, the new 2-liter turbo offers more horsepower than any previous Malibu powerplant.

See Year: 2013 - 2014 - 2015

2008 - 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

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In an effort to shake off its rental-car image, the Malibu received its most dramatic restyle to date. Major improvements included more expressive styling, a vastly upgraded interior, and a longer list of standard equipment. The reinvigorated Malibu was considered one of the few bright spots in GM's lineup at the time, and first-year sales increased by 50 percent.

See Year: 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012

2004 - 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

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The Malibu received an all-new platform this year with more space for passengers and luggage, placing it solidly in mid-size territory. Sharply creased lines replaced the previous model's rounded styling. Under the hood was a new generation of available V6 engines with improved power and efficiency. Added to the lineup was the Malibu Maxx, a tall hatchback intended to give wagon-like cargo space.

See Year: 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007

1997 - 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

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After being off the market since 1983, the Malibu returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 1997 as a front-drive, mass-market sedan with four- and six-cylinder power. Built on a stretched version of GM's compact N-body, the new Malibu took aim at top-selling imports such as Accord and Camry. Although it received praise at first, the Malibu was soon criticized for its bland styling and uninspired performance, which could explain why it was so popular with rental fleets.

See Year: 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003

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