2023 Chevrolet Malibu

2023 Chevrolet Malibu
2023 Chevrolet Malibu Rear Angle View
2023 Chevrolet Malibu Dashboard

2023 Chevrolet Malibu: Downsizing For Value

There aren't many automakers in the USA still producing budget sedans. The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu is part of a dying breed, but unlike some local automakers, Chevy is not willing to let the high-value car go down without a fight, though. Both the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are still going strong (and going hybrid), but Ford's Fusion has long since been discontinued. With excellent competition coming from Japanese automakers, the American automaker responsible for the Malibu has had to jump to keep up. So it reduced the lineup and cut the larger 2.0-liter engine to focus on fuel economy and value for money. This leaves the 2023 Chevy Malibu with a 1.5L engine that makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque - not particularly impressive in terms of outputs. Luckily, the new Chevrolet Malibu sedan makes up for this with an enhanced safety suite, so the only thing that might kill you is boredom.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 6 /10
  • Performance 6 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 5 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 7 /10
  • Reliability 6 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2023 Chevrolet Malibu Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Malibu?

The 2023 Malibu loses the 250-horsepower four-cylinder engine, but it gains value in other ways by including forward collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking across the range. Consequently, the Premier trim is no longer available, replaced by the 2LT, which shares many of its features. There are some changes in the paint names, too.

Pros and Cons

  • Good ride and handling characteristics
  • Not a bad looking car
  • Spacious front seats
  • User-friendly infotainment
  • Highly competitive fuel economy
  • Only remaining engine is a dud
  • Limited driver-assistance tec
  • Cramped rear seats

What's the Price of the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu?

The price of the new 2023 Chevrolet Malibu is one of its most appealing characteristics. Starting with the LS, you only need to spend $25,000 to start, or $26,000 if you want the RS. The LT is slightly more expensive at $28,100, while the only model that will cost you over $30k is the new 2LT at $31,500. These are the MSRP figures for the Chevrolet Malibu and do not include the $1,095 destination charge, nor does it take any dealer incentives into account.

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2023 Chevrolet Malibu Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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2023 Chevrolet Malibu Handling and Driving Impressions

Cheap sedans don't have to be boring, and the best are the ones that manage to balance handling with ride comfort; the Malibu doesn't excel here. It has the kind of light but accurate steering that is ideal for the urban environment, but there is little to no feedback. With so little power being put down by the wheels, you don't need much feedback anyway. Still, it hasn't been designed to thrill, and any hopes you may have of fun from behind the wheel should be shelved immediately. Instead, the suspension does a good job of smoothing out the ride to deliver a comfortable driving experience. The brakes are a highlight, giving just enough resistance to make it easy to modulate coming to a stop. If fun is what you're after, you're shopping in the wrong segment.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu A Good car?

Our review of the Chevrolet Malibu might sound middling, but the truth is that we quite like the sedan for what it represents. It may have lost some of its fire since the stronger engine is out of the picture, but now it can focus on being the comfortable city commuter it was meant to be. It is also phenomenally affordable, with good mileage figures that keep the cost of ownership down. Its standard feature offering was a sore point in the past, but now the safety suite has been expanded to include at least some of what rivals bring to the table at a similar price point. We can't help but be disappointed by this because the Malibu might earn a spot among our top picks if it added just a little more, or at least made some of the more advanced tech as standard on upper trims. Still, it's a comfortable and easy-to-live-with sedan that fans of the brand may be willing to pick over some of the segment leaders - as long as they don't expect more than just a commuter car.

What 2023 Chevrolet Malibu Model Should I Buy?

You can't pick the stronger 2.0L engine anymore, so it all comes down to how many features you want. Just taking the base LS and speccing the Driver Confidence Package should be enough for most people, as it keeps costs down and includes most of the features you could want. Spending over $30k for the 2LT just doesn't make sense since you can pick up an efficient Sonata or Camry Hybrid for less - and get a far more enjoyable drive out of it. If you can't live without power front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the RS is only a small step up in price over the LS.

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