The mid-size sedans are hugely popular amongst growing families. They are big and spacious, very practical in terms of cargo space, and offer effective powertrain offerings, some even brawny enough to exhilarate the drivers. And the same segment is crowded with a long list of choices where brands keep updating their mid-size sedans to be the leaders when it comes to selling. One of such names is the Chevrolet Malibu, a beloved American mid-size sedan nameplate that also earned the prestigious North American Car of the Year award.
For 2012, the Chevrolet Malibu remains unchanged, for the fact that it is awaited to undergo a complete redesign the following year. Yet, it remains an idle pick in the segment, owing to an efficient powertrain, commodious interiors, and attractive styling. There’s an optional V6 engine available for those who would love to escape the daily routine and have a few moments of adrenaline rush. But rivals like Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima won’t let the Chevy Malibu breathe in leisure. Let’s compare the rivals against the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and introspect on whether it’s worth buying, or is it smart to wait for the overhauled 2013 model year.