The Chevy Malibu has continued to be a long-running staple in the Chevrolet line-up of vehicles year after year. The auto market has shifted in the US to the sale of SUVs and trucks, but this little sedan continues to be a popular daily driver. But why is this? The more modern Malibu has been around since the late 1990s and has gone through five generations since then, consistently being updated and modified to match the advancements and technologies brought about in the modern-day automotive industry. The Malibu is now fully committed to being a midsize sedan to meet the expectations of today’s car-shopping audience, embracing comfort, convenience, and safety for those who want a reliable and functional sedan for daily driving.
The 2023 Chevy Malibu continues to offer many of the features that have helped it stand out among its peers and lure in car shoppers looking for a quality and stylish midsize sedan. This includes lots of standard amenities, as well as available comfort features when it comes to seating options and technology. Combine its fuel economy, safety, and navigation functionality, and you have a sedan that has become a go-to option for those who want something that offers a little bit of everything for discerning drivers.
The 2023 model year Malibu is available across four different trims, which starts with the base LS trim, and is followed by the RS, with the feature-rich LT trim and the 2LT to round out the bunch. You can get the Malibu in seven different colors, so you can have it draped in the color that best appeals to you. One thing is for sure, you will find a Malibu that is perfect for your travels.
For 2023, the Chevy Malibu is outfitted with a single powertrain. Chevrolet has latched the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to every trim, offering a maximum output of 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 4-cylinder has a dual-overhead-camshaft design with variable valve timing and is paired up with a continuously variable transmission. In short, the engine is fine-tuned to get you the best performance possible while also enabling you to save as much fuel as possible during your daily travels.
The Malibu is configured as a front-wheel drive sedan and affords you an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 27 miles to the gallon in the city and up to 35 miles to the gallon on the highway. The Malibu rides on all-season tires and comes standard with 16-inch wheels, but depending on the trim, you can have the wheel size upgraded to available 17-inch, 18-inch, or 19-inch aluminum wheels. If all-season tires don't work for your drive, you can always change your tires from all-season to something else to suit your needs.
All trims also come standard with the StabiliTrak system for traction control and stability management, making it easy to handle on the road and appropriately configured for various types of weather and road conditions.
The Brilliant Exterior
All trims also come standard with acoustic laminated windshields, as well as automatic on/off headlamps. Available LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, and LED tail lamps help spruce up the exterior offerings, while an available rear spoiler on the RS adds some sports appeal to the Malibu. And if you're really feeling the need for speed, the Redline Edition offers 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels with spiffy red hash marks and specialized black Malibu badging featuring a red outline. The special edition is topped off with black mirror caps featuring Redline accents.
If you want the Malibu to embrace its darker side, there is the Midnight Edition. This edition drapes the midsize family sedan in a Mosaic Black Metallic exterior and features black bowtie emblems along with black Malibu badging. You get a blacked-out front grille with a dark chrome surround that adds a bit of aggression to the Malibu's exterior presence. Inside, the Midnight Edition features a Jet Black interior, complimenting the black exterior visage.
Part of what makes the 2023 Chevy Malibu well worth its weight in the midsize sedan category is its comfort and convenience features.
Inside the Malibu, you have seating for up to five people across two rows, with two bucket seats up front and a split bench in the rear. Passengers are afforded up to 102.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, which includes up to 41.5 inches of legroom in the front and 38.1 inches of legroom in the rear, which is great for families with kids of varying ages. The Malibu also comes with a maximum trunk volume of 15.7 cubic feet of space, making it more than capable of carrying multiple small packages, equipment, tools, gear, clothes, and more.
When it comes to interior materials, there are a few options based on what the preferences are of car shoppers. There are the Dark Atmosphere and Medium Ash Gray interior stylings featuring premium cloth seats or the Jet Black premium cloth seats for the LS, RS, and LT trims. For the 2LT, you have access to either the Jet Black perforated leather-appointed seats or the Dark Atmosphere with Light Wheat color scheme set against perforated leather-appointed seats. So you have options in terms of the quality and color scheme of the interior that best suits your driving preferences.
On the LS trim, you have a six-way manual front driver and passenger seats, while the RS, LT, and 2LT all feature a standard 8-way power driver seat. The 2LT, however, features a six-way power front passenger seat in addition to the eight-way power driver seat. All-weather floor mats, cargo nets, and cargo mats are all available for every trim, while air filtration and air conditioning come standard. The LT and 2LT also feature standard dual-zone automatic climate control, ensuring the ride is as comfortable as possible for everyone inside the Malibu.
The 2023 Chevy Malibu comes equipped with a wide range of usable and passive technology, including a robust safety suite that includes 10 airbags, the standard inclusion of Buckle To Drive that ensures that the vehicle doesn't leave out of park until everyone is buckled up, and Teen Driver. You can even modify the Buckle To Drive settings to turn it on or off, which is great if you want it to work in conjunction with the Teen Driver system, where you can monitor the driving habits of your child and get a report card on their driving and safety habits.
The availability of adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and lane change alert with lane keeping assistance all help add value to the safety functionality of the Malibu. There is also rear cross traffic alert, rear seat reminder, and a front collision alert system. In combination with the power door locks and windows, along with the LATCH system, it's just extra icing on the safety cake when it comes to safety. Every trim also comes standard with a theft-deterrent system, giving you peace of mind when the vehicle is in a public parking lot or left on the street while you visit friends/family or do a bit of shopping.
Added features like the standard inclusion of the driver information center mean you can easily access the vehicle's telemetry through a digital display. You can also make use of features like the remote start and universal garage door opener. The real highlight of the 2023 Chevy Malibu's tech suite, however, is the Chevrolet Infotainment System, which features an 8-in color touchscreen. You have the inclusion of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the availability of navigation support for those who need it. Voice command pass-through, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth audio streaming for up to two wireless devices are also great for making the ride more enjoyable. And with features like Wi-Fi hotspot support and the availability of a premium nine-speaker Bose surround sound setup, you have a complete infotainment system at your fingertips within the 2023 Malibu.