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Chevrolet Malibu

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3.0 (Good)

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Generations

The refreshed 2019 Chevrolet Malibu plays the middle position between the larger Impala and the smaller Cruze. Sales of the segment are declining, and with recent major updates to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Malibu faces an uphill battle for market share.

2013 - 2020 Chevrolet Malibu

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Chevrolet Malibu

Major changes included:

The Malibu LS starts off with the 2.5-liter engine producing 197 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic. A full raft of power accessories and safety equipment is included, as is GM's OnStar telematics system with the Directions & Connections package. LS also gets 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, automatic headlamps and a... Read more »

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2008 - 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Major changes included:

The new Malibu has three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. The LS and LT come with a 169-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with four-speed automatic transmission. Optional on the LT, standard on the LTZ is a 252-hp, 3.6-liter V6, matched with a new six-speed automatic transmission. The Malibu comes with standard safety features such as seat-mounted... Read more »

2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

2004 - 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

3/4 Front Glamour 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Major changes included:

Chevrolet has completely redesigned its highly successful Malibu for the 2004 model year. The only thing that carries over from the old Malibu is the name. Every screw, nut and bolt is new on the 2004 Malibu. Test drives of several variations of the 2004 Malibu demonstrated that Chevy's new sedan stacks up well against... Read more »

2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007

1997 - 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

3/4 Front Glamour 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

Major changes included:

It was simple. Chevrolet didn't have a model to compete with the Ford Contour, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Dodge Stratus. That's a big, lucrative market and a player the size of Chevrolet has to be in the game. Creating a model that could make the lineup was not an easy assignment. These... Read more »

1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003

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