The Chevy Malibu is a sedan style car that combines balanced engineering and a passion for pristine driving. This midsize car is traditional enough to blend in, but refined enough to make you feel like it’s worth way more than what you spent. On top of that, it also has a touch of smooth boldness that can offer a bit of a thrill. Overall, it is more difficult to describe exactly what the Used Chevy Malibu lacks than what it displays.
The Malibu series has been a Chevy favorite since 1964. It began simply as a trim level of the Chevy Chevelle, but eventually grew in popularity and stepped into its own light in 1978. The name is clearly a reflection on the stylish and popular California community that is known for its beauty.
To this day, the Chevy Malibu is in its ninth generation already and is still improving with every year. That being said, due to its many years in the business and fair life expectancy, finding a used Chevy Malibu that will be ideal for you shouldn’t be a problem. It is also a nice way to save a few bucks, not that the Malibu isn’t already affordable to being with. After all, is said and done, you can never go wrong with a car that has just enough of everything due to years of consistent improvement.
Unlike most other vehicles on the market, Chevy decided to give the sophomore year of the new generation a few key changes. The six-speed automatic becomes more widely available with the four-cylinder engine and the 2.4-liter engine is now standard on higher trim levels, as opposed to the V6 engine. Whether that’s good or bad, it’s still a key change. Bluetooth connectivity is another welcome addition to the options list, and stability control is standard across the entire lineup. Thanks to the bold move by Chevy to alter its fresh generation model, the Malibu remains not only relevant and refreshed for 2009, but also approaching the front of the pack as well.
Performance has even increased and fuel mileage on some of the trims has gone up to 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, thanks to the the six-speed automatic now paired with the 2.4-liter engine on some trim levels. The ride is still balanced and handling remains sharp.
On the inside, the cabin is plenty roomy. It’s also attractive, and the luxury only goes up with the ascending trim levels. The result is a mid-size sedan that looks very high-quality, as opposed to mass-produced for rentals or businesses.
Again, the Malibu experiences all-around success. With very minor — almost negligible, honestly — downsides. For those who want improved fuel economy and a model that has an automatic transmission more readily available, the 2009 will be a better choice compared to the 2008.
Not much has changed for the Malibu in the 2010 year. There were a few minor changes, most notably the six-speed automatic transmission was even more readily available. Standard on all but the base LS model means you won’t need to pay extra unless you grab a used LS from 2010. So unless you enjoy driving a stick, I’d suggest buying a used 1LT trim simply for the transmission alone. Across all trims, this helped improve fuel economy as a whole. E85 fuel compatibility further boosts the fuel economy of the 2.4-liter engine, and it can now return up to 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
Compared to the 2009 or 2008 model, it’s clear this is the way to go. Considering you’re able to get better fuel economy on a higher trim level. However, if you like driving a stick and don’t mind the decreased fuel economy, then you’d be better off buying a used 2009 or 2008 model because you can get the base trim for even less money.
In 2011, the Malibu still remained a top contender in the ever competitive mid-size family sedan market. Therefore, it only received a few minor changes. These included new wheel designs and a standard six-speed automatic transmission across all models. Even if it was considered minor, having the six-speed automatic standard on all trim levels is no doubt a pivotal power play. Since fuel economy and price are two of primary things shoppers look for in this segment of vehicle, being able to buy a base-trim Malibu (new or used) and still receive the same amount of fuel economy as a higher-level trim is a good advantage. More specifically when buying used, you’re able to save the most amount of money possible in both areas — starting price and fuel economy.
This is the primary reason to purchase a 2011 Malibu, and you’re going to get the most bang for your buck with the combination of newfound efficiency (on the base trim) and lower price. If you want more power from this year, then upgrading to the V6 is still an option.
Ranked number one in affordability for midsize cars of its year, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was a star in its time. Proving this rank, a fair market price today for a 2012 used Chevrolet Malibu would be an average of only $8,000. The pros for this model year is an attractive interior that seats five with all the simple comforts, and the smooth handling with standard forward-wheel drive. Under the hood, there is a max of 33 mpg highway which is a high standard for fuel efficiency and a fair 169 horsepower. Customizability also offers three fantastic trims. This is a strong start to the eighth generation of the Malibu series, and today is a great option to consider for a used Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu used will cost you a slim $10,000. The handling and reliability rating for this year is significantly better than previous models and under the hood received a fair makeover. The fuel economy increased to 37 mpg highway, and the max horsepower is now an impressive 259. Much of this is due to the new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and eco model availability. As for style, the 2013 Malibu was been slightly redesigned to make the appearance cleaner and overall more appealing. The improvements for this model year are well made and pleasing to any Malibu fan.
For only $11,000 you can get yourself a 2014 used Chevrolet Malibu in all its glory. This year the Malibu got bigger, smoother, safer, and even more attractive. When it comes to performance, the engines are still the same, but the suspension got a tune-up to make your ride smooth as butter. It also got some fantastic design upgrades. The exterior became bolder with a pleasing new grille, while the interior got some much-needed leg room. Another add-on for this model year is that blind sports monitoring finally became available which made safety king. In fact, it was the IIHS best pick for safety. The upgrades for the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu hit all the major areas, and prove that Chevrolet understands positive change.
The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu continues to stay affordable at only $13,000 used. New for this year is an intuitive infotainment system with standard Wi-Fi hotspot. Safety is once again increased with the availability of rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alerts. The base horsepower also got a small boost to 196 from 182. The truck space and reliability ratings are as strong as ever, and the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is a strong end to the eighth generation.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu gets a complete redesign that makes it more spacious, comfortable, and all around attractive. The exterior finally reflects the smoothness of the ride. This used Chevrolet Malibu goes for an average of $15,000, still shining with affordability. The fuel economy still stays strong with 37 mpg highway and the lively turbocharged engine can get up to 250hp. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu with its new look is stimulating and strong and ready to please every type of driver.
Staying way classier than its price point would suggest, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu has a fair market price of $22,000. The eight-speed automatic transmission from the 2016 Malibu Premier trim is now upgraded to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Other than that the formula pretty much remains consistent for the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu with its intuitive tech, spacious cargo availability, and comfortable, smooth ride.
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is the latest in the series and as such the fair market price rises to $24,000. Just like every Malibu in the series since 2013, the 2018 Malibu receives a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA due somewhat to the addition of the 360 cameras. Under the hood remains fairly untouched and the style is just as appealing as ever with its modern flair. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu embodies the notice that what isn’t broken need not be altered.