Chevrolet Malibu

Since the Chevrolet Malibu's inaugural year with over 72,000 units built in 1964, the Malibu has enjoyed great success in the automotive marketplace; being redesigned and updated over seven generations to fit with the changing times and styles.

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Chevrolet Malibu Origins

Named after the famed Southern California suburb, the Chevrolet Malibu has a long and varied history that stretches back to the early 1960s; an era when the Beach Boys were king of the airwaves. Originally designed by General Motors as a midsize car to slot under the popular full-size Impala, the Malibu was known for its reasonable price and roominess. In Chevelle Malibu guise, first generation of Chevrolet Malibu was considered a muscle car.

For the first time in its nearly 50 year history, GM is planning to offer the Malibu on a global scale in its foreign markets. For the 2013 model year, GM plans to launch the eighth generation of the Chevrolet Malibu worldwide.

About the Chevrolet Malibu

The original Chevrolet Malibu was conceived, designed, and marketed to compete with the Ford Fairlane. With a 327-cubic-inch V-8 and 300 horsepower, the Malibu was forced to keep pace with Pontiac’s GTO released that year with a 389-cubic-inch engine. The Chevrolet Malibu’s engine was improved to 375 horsepower, with a limited edition 396 engine package available, named the Z-16. Stiffer frames, better suspension, anti-roll bars in front and back, and better power steering are the hallmark of the Malibu’s design.

Another aspect that the Chevrolet Malibu has been known for over the decades is its wide range of body styles that have found their way onto the streets of America: convertibles, hardtops, sedans, four- and even two-door station wagons. These design appeals were matched to an ongoing array of six- and eight-cylinder engines and a long list of available options.

As an added appeal to consumers, one couldn’t forget those distinctive, one-of-a-kind grilles that set the Malibu apart from most other cars on the road. Drivers of these sporty Malibu’s have been relentless in their search for the proper custom upgrades that do these beauties justice; a unique shinny chrome grille has been the added feature that helped the Malibu get, and stay, noticed.

Chevrolet Malibu Features

As a nearly identical model to the 2011 version, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu comes available in three trim levels (LS, LT, and LTZ) with a choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine and a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 model features include an optional upgrade package on the LS trim, featuring Bluetooth, floor mats, steering wheel audio controls, side body molding, and a spare tire. The 1LT trim can be upgraded with an optional sunroof, power-adjustable driver’s seat, remote start, and a 110-volt, three-prong outlet.

Mirroring a Hyundai Sonata-inspired all-four-cylinder engine lineup, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that sports a dual overhead cam setup with direct injection, good for an estimated horsepower of over 190 and a torque falling somewhere in the ballpark of 180 lb-ft. A similarly powerful mild hybrid system will come in the Malibu Eco model, with a turbocharged, 259-horsepower four-cylinder engine available later.

One of the strongest selling points for this year’s Malibu sedan is its inviting interior layout and design, complete with a balanced blend of metallic, chrome, and wood surfaces throughout the cabin. The stylized accents range between spots on the shifter, center stack, instrument cluster, steering wheel, and doors. Rounding out the style is a pale, frosty blue lighting scheme that runs the gamut from dashboard gauge displays to accent lighting that stretches throughout the spacious compartment.

In either 2012 or the new 2013 model, the Malibu comes with standard safety features such as seat-mounted thorax airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. There are even knee airbags, as well as roof air bags that offer rollover protection. OnStar with Automatic Crash Response is also included, now boasting improved voice recognition technology for better occupant safety and vehicle control.

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu’s base price starts at $22,100.

Chevrolet Malibu Evolution

The initial generation of Chevrolet Malibus (not known simply as Malibu until the Chevelle name was dropped in 1983), lasted from 1964 to 1967. Aside from receiving new grilles and revised tail sections with new exhaust pipes, the models showed little change.

It wasn’t until 1968 that the Malibu went through some major design changes with its SS series. These changes included the shortening of the wheelbase, the hood being stretched, the trunk shortened, and the rear of the car gaining a fastback design.

A landmark year was 1970 when Chevrolet introduced its highest rated horsepower factory engine ever: the 454-cubic-inch V-8. The LS5 version came equipped with 360 horsepower, while the LS6 produced 425 horsepower. The hood is available with an optional cowl-induction air inlet close to the windshield.

Between the years 1973 and 1983, the Malibu model was employed extensively in NASCAR competitions. The Malibu’s Laguna S-3 variant vehicle showed particular success by helping racecar driver Carl Yarborough win 20 races during that time, as well as the NASCAR championship one year.

The beginning of the fifth generation of the Chevrolet Malibu, in 1997, saw that year’s model win the coveted Motor Trend “Car Of The Year” award. This new front-wheel-drive Malibu helped pave the way for other successful models like the 2008 Malibu, which earned praise across the board and at the North American Auto Show in Detroit where it was named North American Car of the Year.

That momentum has carried through to the today and the new Chevrolet Malibu, first released in the hybrid Eco model with a standard four-cylinder and turbo model to be added later.

Select a Chevrolet Malibu Year

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 2012 Malibu receives numerous additions for 2012. The LS Uplevel Package receives body-side molding, Bluetooth phone connectivity, floor mats, steering wheel audio controls, and compact spare tire and jack assembly. The LT model's Sunroof and Convenience Package receives a power tilt/sliding sunroof, power six-way driving seat, and remote start among others. The Sunroof Package for the 2LT model includes power/tilt sliding sunroof, premium floor mats, and trunk mat. An additional exterior color has been added for 2012; Crystal Red Tintcoat. There are also two new equipment groups; 3LT and 2LZ.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,251

MPG
22-33
Seats
5

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


Chevrolet has finally ditched the base four-speed automatic. All Malibus now come with six-speed automatics with TAP shift manual control operated by a rocker switch on the shift knob. The 1LT package adds standard 17-inch ultra bright aluminum wheels, while the 2LT V-6 package gets 18-inch Chrome Tech aluminum wheels. OnStar 9.0 hardware features improved voice recognition technology and includes six months of Directions and Connections service with Turn-by-Turn navigation.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,713

MPG
22-33
Seats
5

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,027

MPG
22-34
Seats
5

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan


The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu has made some impressive changes, but the popular features have been left alone.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,265

MPG
22-34
Seats
5

2008 Chevrolet Malibu

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan


After struggling for decades to maintain its footing in the midsize family sedan segment of the market, the Chevrolet Malibu was completely redesigned for 2008.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,008

MPG
17-32
Seats
5

2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan


The Malibu is a midsize car made by Chevrolet.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,962

MPG
18-32
Seats
5

2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan


The 2006 Chevrolet Malibu sedan features the General Motor’s Epsilon global chassis with a larger, 3.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,116

MPG
18-32
Seats
5

2005 Chevrolet Malibu

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


Midsize family sedans are some of the most popular and widely available vehicles in the market.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,494

MPG
22-35
Seats
5

2004 Chevrolet Malibu

Hatchback, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


Blending European styling and American tradition, the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu is available in three trim levels: the base level, the LS, and the LT.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,173

MPG
22-34
Seats
5

2003 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 2003 Chevrolet Malibu doesn't have anything fancy that makes this model stand out, but it continues to be one of General Motors’ most functional family-friendly vehicles.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,036

MPG
20-29
Seats
5

2002 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 2002 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize four-door sedan, and while relatively conservative in appearance, it remains a popular choice for drivers in the U.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,741

MPG
20-29
Seats
5

2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 2001 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize car manufactured by General Motors (GM).

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,476

MPG
20-29
Seats
5

2000 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The Chevrolet Malibu is a reliable, somewhat luxurious, and feature-heavy car that boasts some power and lots of value.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,366

MPG
22-30
Seats
5

1999 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 1999 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize car first introduced in 1964.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,156

MPG
20-30
Seats
5

1998 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu comes in two models: the base model and the LS.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,031

MPG
20-32
Seats
5

1997 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize, Sedan


The 1997 Chevrolet Malibu improves the old version of the Malibu.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,921

MPG
23-32
Seats
5

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