The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan in white at the Washington Auto Show
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The Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize sedan model produced and sold by the American automaker Chevrolet, a General Motors (GM) subsidiary. The Chevy Malibu was a successor to the Chevelle and Corsica models and was originally sized and priced between the now-discontinued Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan and the Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan models.

The first use of the Malibu nameplate was as a premium subseries (like the GMC Denali) of the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle and available as a convertible, sedan, or wagon. By 1978, the Malibu was the best-selling badge of the lineup and replaced the Chevelle as the vehicle nameplate. After a generation specifically sold as the Malibu, the model was discontinued and replaced by the Chevrolet Celebrity. However, it returned for the 1997 model year and is still being sold today.

After the discontinuation of the Cruze, Impala, Sonic, and Volt models, the Chevy Malibu is the last remaining Chevy sedan sold in the U.S. Its competition includes the Honda Accord, the Hyundai Sonata, the Nissan Altima, and the Toyota Camry.

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  • 2021 Chevrolet Malibu (Starting MSRP $22,270)
  • Pros: The Chevy Malibu midsize sedan is a well-styled car with responsive handling, a comfortable cabin, and an efficient and robust starting engine option
  • Cons: The current generation of the Malibu needs a redesign, as it has some performance quirks that need working out, and it lacks many standard features found with its rivals.
  • See Also: Sonic and Impala

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