Chevrolet Malibu Models and Malibu History

A Chevrolet vehicle brand first appearing in the 1960s, the Malibu name was revived in the 1997 model year for a front-wheel drive sedan. Based on the same platform as the Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Alero, the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu was powered by a 150-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 155-horsepower 3.1 liter V-6. Output for the V-6 engine was increased to 170 horsepower for the 2000 model year Malibu.


The four-cylinder was dropped from the Chevrolet Malibu line-up after 2000. The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu was constructed on the Epsilon platform as both a sedan and a sporty-looking five-door hatchback/wagon called the Malibu Maxx. Base performance was derived from a 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine with an option for a 201-horsepower V-6 powerplant. Equipped with sport suspension and unique exterior details, a higher-performing SS model of the Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx was offered in 2007 model year.


A new enlarged Malibu arrived for 2008 available only as a four-door sedan. In addition to four-cylinder and six-cylinder engine choices, a mild hybrid version of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu featured an alternator starter that allowed the gasoline engine to shut off when stopped. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was discontinued in 2010. Expanding the market for the Malibu, Chevrolet launched the 2013 version of the sedan with an intense focus on practicality and refinement. A naturally-aspirated 2.5 liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder producing 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque is offered on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.

New and Used Malibu Prices, Chevrolet Malibu Model Years and History

Chevrolet’s Malibu sedan makes a strong entrance into 2018 with a slightly refreshed look and plenty to offer buyers of all levels.
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The economic Malibu by Chevrolet was designed for comfort and affordability.
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The Malibu is back for 2016 with a long list of standard features and addable options.
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Ranked as one the most affordable midsized cars, and also as one of the safest, there’s much to like about the Chevrolet Malibu… from looks, to safety and the comfortable price tag.
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 4.5
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 4.5
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 4.0
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 4.5
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 4.5
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 4.0
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 3.0
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 4.0

Sporting an updated exterior, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is a practical, yet fun, mid-size sedan that offers everything a customer would want in a daily driver.
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 3.5
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 2.2
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 3.5
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 3.2
Dependability
 3.5
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 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
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 3.0

Redesigned for 2013, the Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan available in an Eco trim that achieves 37 mpg highway.
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 4.3
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 4.1
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 4.2
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 4.1
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 4.4
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 4.2
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 4.3
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 4.4

With an all-new version of the mid-sized sedan on the horizon for the 2013 model year, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu maintains itself as a solidly built, comfortable four-door.
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 4.3
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 4.0
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 4.2
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 3.7
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 4.2
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 3.8
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 4.0
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 4.3

Sold in three trims, the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu is a high-quality mid-sized sedan which can also be considered an excellent value.
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 3.8
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 4.0
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 4.5
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 3.5
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 4.0
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 4.5
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 4.5
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 4.5

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan with wonderful styling, great standard features, and is offered in three trims which all can hit that 30 mpg mark on the highway.
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 4.6
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 4.2
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 4.0
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 4.0
Dependability
 4.8
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 4.4
Ride Quality
 4.8
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 4.4

A star performer in its class, the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize family sedan with excellent ride and handling balance, a roomy cabin, comfortable seats and a choice of traditional or hybrid powertrains.
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 3.5
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 4.0
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 4.5
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 4.5
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 4.5
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 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.2
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 4.5

Completely updated inside and out, the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is a sharp mid-size sedan with great standard safety features and is now available with a hybrid powertrain.
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 4.4
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 3.9
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.9
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.6
Overall Rating
 4.9

A five-passenger sedan, the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu receives an upgraded available four-cylinder engine and now comes standard with side-curtain airbags.
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A well-built five-passenger mid-size sedan, the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu is available with a four-cylinder engine or a V6.
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 4.7
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 4.3
Interior Comfort
 3.3
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 4.2
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 3.5
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 3.5
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 3.3
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 4.0

The 2005 Chevrolet Malibu is a five-passenger mid-size sedan available in three trims and with two engines to choose from.
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 3.0
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 2.0
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 2.0
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 1.0
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 1.0
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 1.0

A four-door, five-passenger mid-size sedan that slots in size below the Impala, the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu comes in three trims with a long list of optional amenities.
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 4.0
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 5.0
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 4.0
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 3.0
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 5.0
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 4.0
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 3.0
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 4.0

A midsize with room for five, the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu comes in two trims both of which are powered by a 170 hp 3.1L V6 engine.
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The 2002 Chevrolet Malibu is a five-passenger mid-size sedan that offers great features in a more compact package than the larger Impala.
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The 2001 Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size five-passenger sedan that comes standard with items such as cruise control, a CD player, and keyless entry.
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 4.0
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 4.5

The 2000 Chevrolet Malibu is a five-passenger sedan that slots below the new Impala in size, but is still big on standard features and style.
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The 1999 Chevrolet Malibu is a sporty mid-size sedan that seats five passengers and is available with a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, both of which produce 150 hp.
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A sporty mid-size sedan that seats five, the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu is available with a four or six-cylinder engine, both of which produce 150 hp and earn around 30 mpg on the highway
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