2023 Chevrolet Malibu

Rating7.9

Ranked #1 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP $25,895 - $32,295
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Key Spec of 2023 Chevrolet Malibu
fuel economy

29/32/36

fuel type

Gasoline

horsepower

195 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Affordable sedan

Underwhelming performance

Minor exterior tweaks are expected

Commendable fuel economy

2.0-liter engine is discontinued

Sleek exterior design

Driver assistance features are optional.

Spacious Interior

Lack of all-wheel drive

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 4, 2023

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The 2023 Chevy Malibu will not feature any substantial exterior design changes. However, Chevrolet has made significant changes to the lineup and powertrain options. The Premier trim will be discontinued and replaced with 2LT trim. The 2LT trim can be considered as a slightly toned-down version of the Premier trim. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine with 250 horsepower will no longer be offered and the 1.5-liter turbo engine with 160 horsepower will power all the trims. With an expected starting price of $24,495 for the base LS trim and going all the way up to $30,500 for the 2LT trim. 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale 

The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu will be offered in LS, RS, LT and 2LT. With expected msrp ranging from $24,495 to $30,500, the Malibu 2023 strives to survive in the fading family sedan segment. The production of the 2023 Malibu is expected to begin at Chevrolet’s Kansas manufacturing facility in September. However, there are still no clear reports about the hybrid version and the 2023 model will mark the farewell of Malibu sedan. Chevrolet might replace it with another electric vehicle in the near future. If you are interested in buying a used Chevrolet Malibu then you might find one in good condition with low odometer mileage. 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Buying Advice 

The Chevrolet Malibu sedan 4d won’t be available after the 2023 model year. The discontinuation of Chevy’s midsize sedan didn’t come to us as a surprise and it’s fate was long expected. However, the Malibu is not bad in any way but it just fades in comparison to its rivals. With the advent of compact and subcompact SUVs in the market, the entire sedan segment is running dry rapidly. If you are still into the Malibu sedan then we would recommend buying the 2022 model year as it has zero recalls and just a single complaint is registered with the NHTSA. 

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The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu will be offered in four different trim configurations. Unlike the current model year, the 2023 model will be powered by a single engine option, offering 160 hp. Nothing much is known about the hybrid trim and it might not go on sale altogether. Being the last model year for Chevy’s midsize sedan, some capable rivals like Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata will continue to challenge it. Let’s see in our detailed review, how it fares against them




Over All Rating

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Notable Rankings

#1 in Midsize Sedan

#3 in Sedan


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LS$25,895 onwards
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2LT$32,295 onwards
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Price Rise, $500
Earlier Price: $20920
1 Dec 2022
Escondido, CA

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl CVTCVT)

Dealer Price
$21,420
Est. $290/mo
Excellent deal
$6,675 Below market
RMV: $28,095
Fuel Economy 32.15 mpg
MSRP $27,920
Listed On 17 Sep 2022 (136 Days)
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Escondido, CA

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl CVTCVT)

Dealer Price
$19,070
Est. $258/mo
Excellent deal
$4,920 Below market
RMV: $23,990
Fuel Economy 32.15 mpg
MSRP $24,570
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2023 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

LS FWD

Dealer Price
$20,394
Est. $276/mo
Excellent deal
$4,901 Below market
RMV: $25,295
Fuel Economy 30.6 mpg
MSRP $25,795
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Woodbridge, VA

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

LS FWD

Dealer Price
$20,394
Est. $276/mo
Excellent deal
$4,901 Below market
RMV: $25,295
Fuel Economy 30.6 mpg
MSRP $25,795
Listed On 24 Dec 2022 (38 Days)
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Woodbridge, VA

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

LS FWD

Dealer Price
$20,394
Est. $276/mo
Excellent deal
$4,901 Below market
RMV: $25,295
Fuel Economy 30.6 mpg
MSRP $25,795
Listed On 24 Dec 2022 (38 Days)
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Earlier Price: $21171
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Woodbridge, VA

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

RS FWD

Dealer Price
$20,916
Est. $283/mo
Excellent deal
$4,879 Below market
RMV: $25,795
Fuel Economy 32.15 mpg
MSRP $25,495
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Price Drop, $1000
Earlier Price: $20495
20 Dec 2022
San Diego, CA

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl CVTCVT)

Dealer Price
$19,495
Est. $264/mo
Excellent deal
$4,495 Below market
RMV: $23,990
Fuel Economy 32.15 mpg
MSRP $24,495
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Price Drop, $4605
Earlier Price: $27605
2 Jan 2023
Cathedral City, CA

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl CVTCVT)

Dealer Price
$23,000
Est. $312/mo
Excellent deal
$5,095 Below market
RMV: $28,095
Fuel Economy 32.15 mpg
MSRP $28,605
Listed On 10 Sep 2022 (143 Days)
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32New
Price Drop, $4605
Earlier Price: $27605
2 Jan 2023
Cathedral City, CA

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl CVTCVT)

Dealer Price
$23,000
Est. $312/mo
Excellent deal
$5,095 Below market
RMV: $28,095
Fuel Economy 32.15 mpg
MSRP $28,605
Listed On 09 Sep 2022 (144 Days)

Colors and Styles

Build Car
Mineral Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu does little to stand out, but that may be just fine for your needs- The Car Connection 

The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu will belong to the ninth-generation and be the eighth model year of the same. Surely, the Malibu has come a long way in a competitive market, full of competition. The main reason behind its existence could be attributed to interior comfort, decent reliability, fuel economy and cargo capacity. The 2022 model year scored an overall 80 out of 100 in the J.D. Power Consumer Rating. For quality and reliability it scored 84 out of 100 which can be considered as “Great”. We expect similar results for the 2023 model year as well. 

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For the 2023 model year, Chervolet offers automatic emergency braking as standard across all the trims. However, most of the advanced driver-assistance features would not be standard and buyers will have to opt for them via the Driver Confidence Packages. The current Malibu earned a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Even the IIHS rated it as “Good” in most of the crash tests. The fuel economy should not be a problem as the 2.0-liter engine will not be on offer and every trim is expected to offer 32 mpg in combined driving conditions.


Buying Advice

8.0/10

Going by the features and specifications of the 2022 model year, we assume that the 2023 Malibu will also offer similar features. The LT trim will continue to make more sense, offering LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, heated front seats, remote vehicle starter system, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and dual-zone climate control system. We hope that Chevrolet will continue to offer Midnight Edition , Redline Edition and Sport Edition packages for enhanced appearance.

Features

8.0/10

We don’t expect to see any major changes to the Malibu’s list of tech features for the upcoming model year- Carsdirect.com

The 2023 Chevy Malibu will be offered in LS, RS, LT, and 2LT trim configurations. The starting msrp is expected to be slightly more than the current model year. Even the outgoing model is known for its ergonomic interior design, sleek exterior styling, The base LS trim does not offer much in terms of creature comforts and is best suitable for fleet. However, Chevrolet does offer some features like keyless open and start, 8-inch touchscreen display, 6-speaker audio system, and 16-inch aluminum wheels as standard 

Moving to the RS trim, some exterior elements like black bowtie emblems, chrome grille surround with black grille inserts, 18-inch aluminum wheels, rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and red RS badging for a more sporty appearance. Even power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and outside power-adjustable mirrors in body color will also be standard. The LT trim will offer LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, heated front seats, remote vehicle starter system, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and dual-zone climate control system. 

Trim

Chevrolet Malibu LS

Chevrolet Malibu RS

Chevrolet Malibu LT

Chevrolet Malibu 2LT

MSRP (expected)

$24,495

$ 25,495

$ 27,895

$ 30,500

Key Features

16-inch aluminum wheels

Blacked-out grille

LED taillights

Heated driver and front passenger seats

 

Visor vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger

Rear spoiler

LED daytime running lights

18-inch aluminum wheels.

 

Compass and outside temperature display.

Black Chevy emblem

outside heated body-color mirrors

Wireless charging

 

Acoustic-laminated windshield

18-inch black

chrome finish aluminum wheels

17-inch aluminum wheels

9-Speaker Bose sound system

 

Electronic grade braking 

8-way power driver seats

Remote start

8-inch diagonal color touchscreen

 

8.0-inch touchscreen display 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Dual pane sunroof

The Premier trim will no longer be on offer and the 2LT trim will sacrifice some features like heated rear outboard seats, bright sill plates, and power outside mirrors with integrated turn signals. Being a higher trim than the LT trim, the 2LT will offer all the features of the LT, while adding some more creature comforts like leather upholstery, premium audio system, dual pane sunroof, and Infotainment 3 Plus System as standard. The LT trim is expected to offer Leather Package, Midnight Edition, Redline Edition, and Sport Edition packages.

1. Driver Confidence 1 Cloth Package

  • Lane change alert
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear park assist

2. Driver Confidence I and II packages

  • Automatic Emergency Braking,
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking

3. Leather Package

  • Leather-appointed seating surfaces
  • heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • leather-wrapped shift knob 

4. Midnight edition

  • 19" Black-painted aluminum wheels
  • Black Malibu badge
  • blacked-out grille with dark chrome surround
  • P245/40R19 all-season tires

5. Redline Package

  • 19" Black-painted aluminum wheels with Red accents
  • Black Malibu badge with Red outline
  • blacked-out grille, Black mirror caps with Redline decals
  • P245/40R19 all-season tires

6. Sports Package

  • 19" Black-painted aluminum wheels
  • Black Chevrolet bowtie emblems
  • Black Malibu badge
  • Blacked-out grille with dark chrome surround

7. Enhanced Driver Confidence Package

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking

Fuel Economy

8.5/10

The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu delivers decent fuel economy- The Car Connection 

Walking on the footsteps of the 2022 Chevy Malibu, the 2023 model is also expected to offer decent gas mileage. The outgoing model year offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy 29 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highways, and 32 mpg in mixed driving conditions. With a fuel tank of 15.8 gallons and the 1.5-liter four-pot motor, it can offer a staggering 506 miles of range in combined driving conditions. The maximum driving range in the city and highway driving conditions is expected to be 458 miles and 569 miles respectively.

Model

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (city)

29

28

30

28

MPG (highway)

36

39

38

38

MPG (combined)

32

32

33

32

Fuel capacity (gallons)

15.8-gallons

15.8-gallons

14.8-gallons

14.8-gallons

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

458/569/506 mi

442/616/506 mi

444/562/488 mi

414/562/474 mi

Even though the Chevrolet Malibu has a commendable fuel economy, the Honda Accord delivers a better gas mileage in the segment followed by the Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata. The Chevy Malibu and Toyota Camry have bigger fuel tanks with a gallon more than the Accord and Sonata. So, this results in an improved driving range in highway and combined driving conditions, which is in excess of 500 miles.

Interior

6.7/10

The interior of the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu will retain a lot of the same elements as the current model- Carsdirect.com 

Just like the exterior design, we expect everything to remain similar inside as well. The ergonomic dashboard with centrally-stacked touchscreen display, running on one of the most intuitive interfaces in the segment will be on offer as well. The front seats will be wide and supportive, although the narrow back cushions may be an issue for some passengers. The outside visibility will be just as good and passengers won’t have anything to complain about. Overall, the 2023 Malibu will accommodate up to five passengers with ease. 

The rear seats will offer decent comfort and legroom as well. So, longer journeys won’t be a problem. Just like the 2022 model year, the interior color combinations and upholstery materials will remain majorly the same. The LS trim can be had with Jet Black or Medium Ash Gray premium cloth upholstery. The RS trim comes with only Jet Black premium cloth upholstery. The LT trim offers the same options as the LS trim and adds Jet Black and White Wheat leather upholstery. The 2LT trim gets Jet Black and White Wheat perforated leather upholstery. 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Seating 

The trunk capacity will not be the best in the segment but offer 15.7 cubic feet of space. Some convenience features like keyless open and start, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering mounted controls and power windows will be standard. Other features like power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control system, and sunroof are offered on the LT and 2LT trims. The RS and LT trims will come with rear armrest with cup holders. The LT trims get access to rear console vents.  

Model

2023 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

39.1/ 58.5/ 41.5

38.3/ 57.7/ 42.1

39.5/ 58.3/ 42.3

40/ 57.9/ 46.1

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

37.5/ 57.1/ 38.1

38/ 55.7/ 38

37.3/ 56.5/ 40.4

38.4/ 56.4/ 37.8

Cargo Capacity to the second row(cu.-ft)

15.7

15.1

16.7

16

The 2023 Malibu will offer a decent amount of interior space though not the spacious as its competitor. It has better shoulder room compared to others. The Hyundai Sonata offers the best headroom and legroom in the front seat. whereas, the second-row space is better on the Honda Accord. The Honda Accord offers the highest cargo capacity at 16.7 cu-ft followed by Hyundai Sonata, Malibu, and the Camry. The Malibu’s overall interior design, space utilization, and convenience features are not a letdown. 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Infotainment System

Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 System is already one of the most snappy and easy-to-understand in the segment. The 8-inch touchscreen will remain the standard entertainment and be integrated with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. The SiriusXM satellite radio with 3-month complimentary subscription, will be offered with the LT and 2LT trims. A USB port aids connectivity while a 6-speaker sound system plays all your favorite tunes for you. A 9-speaker Bose premium audio system should be offered with the 2LT trim.

Some of the key interior and infotainment features available with the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu are:

  • Keyless open and start
  • 8-inch infotainment system
  • Temperature display
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice commands
  • Type-C USB ports
  • Sirius XM satellite radio 

Exterior

8.0/10

The 2023 Chevrolet Malibu wears clean, conservative lines- The Car Connection

Chevrolet is going to discontinue the Malibu soon. So, it’s obvious that the midsize sedan won’t receive exterior design and dimension updates for the 2023 model year. The sleek headlamps and visually appealing front chrome grille with a horizontal bow-tie emblem on it will continue to mark Malibu’s identity. Just like the outgoing model, the Chevrolet bowtie emblem will be offered in black with the RS trim. The RS trim also features many blacked-out exterior elements and RS badging for a more sportier styling. 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior Dimensions 

The 2023 Chevy Malibu will continue to feature two character lines. The wheel sizes will vary from 16-inch to 19-inch. The lower trims will run on smaller wheels, while the LT and 2LT trims will ride on larger rims. The LED tail lights will add to its distinctive appearance. We expect that Chevrolet will not make any changes to the color palette. The different shades like Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Dark Ash Metallic, Mineral Gray Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, Northsky Blue Metallic and Mosaic Black Metallic. However, the color options will depend on the trim configuration.

Model

2023 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,135 lbs

3,310 lbs

3,150 lbs

3,120 lbs

Length (in.)

194.2

192.1

196.1

192.9

Width (in.)

73

72.4

73.3

73.2

Height (in.)

57.9

56.9

57.1

56.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.6

5.7

5.8

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

111.4

111.2

111.4

111.8

Each of the cars in this segment has a visually pleasing design and there is nothing to complain regarding the designs of all the cars, But we believe the designs have all quite aged very well and a makeover is due soon. The Toyota Camry is the heaviest with a curb weight of 3310 lbs and has the better ground clearance among the four with a height of 5.7 inches. The longest would be the Honda Accord at 196.1 inches. The Malibu is taller compared to its competitors at 57.9 inches of height.

Some standout exterior features of the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu include:

  • Body-color door handles
  • Daytime running lights
  • Capless fuel filler
  • LED headlamps and tail lamps (2LT)
  • Body color antennas
  • Solar absorbing and acoustic laminated windshields.
  • Dual pane sunroof 

Safety

8.0/10

The 2023 Malibu has a host of safety features as standard and other enhanced safety features can be added for an additional cost. The 2022 model has performed well in the NHTSA crash test ratings securing an overall score of 4 stars. The frontal crash test overall rating is 5 stars, side impact overall is 4 stars. The only worrisome aspect is the rear passenger side-impact crash tests which have only a rating of 3 stars.

Chevrolet Malibu Crash Test

We believe that the 2023 variant will follow these crash test ratings but an improvement is very much welcome. With the Driver Confidence packages, different driver-assistance features improve the safety significantly. Some of the included features like adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, forward collision alert, and following distance indicator are helpful while driving. 

Some of the key safety features of the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu include:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Enhanced automatic emergency braking
  • Following distance indicator
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane change alert with side blind zone alerts
  • Rear park assist.

Competition

8.0/10

2023 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2022 Honda Accord

The 2022 Honda Accord's performance is the best in this segment. The Japanese engine is aggressive and provides good acceleration and sportier performance. Even on the fuel economy front Honda scores well compared to the Chevrolet. The only upside for Malibu, when compared with the Honda Accord, is the price. The Malibu is the more affordable option among the two.

2022 Honda Accord 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2022 Toyota Camry

The story again is similar when it comes to the 2022 Toyota Camry. In terms of performance Malibu again falls short of the Camry. The Toyota Camry has better performance figures and is the most reliable option in this segment. Malibu scores slightly well on the interior and fuel economy aspects and is priced lesser than the Camry and is the affordable option among the two. However, taking into consideration the reliability of Toyota, Camry could be the better option.

2022 Toyota Camry 

2023 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2022 Hyundai Sonata

The competition is neck to neck between the 2022 Hyundai Sonata. The Chevrolet Malibu’s performance is almost on par with the Korean sedan. It also offers similar fuel economy and both the models have the latest technologies. The Chevrolet Malibu again is priced cheaper than the Hyundai Sonata making it the more affordable option out of the two.

2022 Hyundai Sonata

 

Final Verdict

8.5/10

Coming to the big questionshould you buy the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu? The answer would depend on your needs but we wouldn’t recommend the Chevrolet Malibu over its capable competition. The competition, even though priced a bit higher, offers better value for money propositions. On the performance front, the Chevrolet Malibu lags behind considerably. Technologically again, it is not up to the competition. The only aspect where it shines is the fuel economy front. The Malibu passing through its 10th generation has aged and is unable to keep up with the competition. The company has plans to bid farewell to Malibu and the sedan is expected to be retired by 2024. We would suggest the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu only if you are tight on your budget and can’t spare any additional dollars.

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base price

$32295

body style

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Chevrolet Malibu 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$24,721
5 Year Cost To Own
$41,062
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,062
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,640$1,062$1,035$1,200$1,071$13,008
Insurance$1,336$1,323$1,363$1,455$1,502$6,979
Fuel$1,489$1,531$1,623$1,589$1,634$7,866
Maintenance$442$864$671$1,296$1,690$4,963
Repairs$-37$20$180$322$483$968
Financing Interest$1,531$1,265$900$618$242$4,556
Taxes and Fees$2,120$148$180$120$154$2,722
Total Cost-To-Own$15,521$6,213$5,952$6,600$6,776$41,062
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