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2023 Chevy Malibu Buyer’s Guide

The 2023 Chevy Malibu continues to be the one midsize sedan that consistently finds its way into Chevy’s line-up of vehicles each year. The newest model year doesn’t add anything significant to the features being offered by the automaker, but for those of you looking to buy one, this buyer’s guide will help you to figure out which trim will be your best option and what features might best appeal to you. This guide will break down what you can expect from the performance, fuel economy, convenience features, and safety.

The four-door sedan seats up to five people across two rows. The 2023 Chevy Malibu is available across four different trims, giving you several options in how you purchase the sedan. This starts with the base LS, followed by the RS, then the LT, and finally the 2LT. There are three special editions available for the 2023 model year, which include the Midnight Edition, featuring a black livery, black 19-inch aluminum wheels, a blacked-out grille, and a black name badge. The Sport Edition features the same black badging, grille, and 19-inch wheels, but comes with black front and rear bowtie emblems. Finally, there is the Redline Edition, which features 19-inch black aluminum wheels with red hash marks and a nameplate badge in a black and red outline design.

The Malibu is available in seven different colors, which include Radiant Red Tintcoat, Sterling Gray Metallic, Riverside Blue Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Summit White, Dark Ash Metallic, and Mineral Gray Metallic. Additionally, you can access more than 130 different accessories for the 2023 Malibu, ranging from cargo management and floor liners to pedal covers, battery chargers, and remote start devices. You can get a new 2023 Malibu with multiple protection and warranty services, including a three-year limited warranty, a five-year powertrain warranty, and complimentary maintenance services.

Malibu Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2023 Chevy Malibu has one powertrain: a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that generates 160 hp at 184 lb-ft of torque. The Malibu’s turbocharged four-cylinder is matched up to a continuously variable transmission, helping it to save as much fuel as possible while on the road. With the standard inclusion of StabiliTrak, it also means the midsize sedan has stability and traction control optimized for the front-wheel drive system.

The 2023 Malibu’s fuel economy is consistent across the board, no matter which trim you go with, since it only has one powertrain and drivetrain configuration, which is a front-wheel drive system. The Malibu delivers 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. The Malibu features an electronic parking brake, engine start-stop for fuel-saving measures while on the road, and a MacPherson strut front suspension for easy handling while on the road.

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Malibu Comfort and Convenience

Where the 2023 Chevy Malibu excels in its comfort and convenience features within the cabin. This starts with a passenger volume of 102.9 cu.ft. of space, giving passengers up to 41.5 inches of front legroom, and up to 38.1 inches of legroom for the rear seats. When it comes to storage capacity, you have up to 15.7 cu.ft. of cargo volume in the rear trunk. Available cargo nets and cargo management accessories can be included with your purchase to help with storage management.

When it comes to seating arrangements, there is an available eight-way power driver seat and a six-way manual front passenger seat standard on the RS trim and up. The LS trim, however, comes standard with a six-way manual front driver and passenger seat. Only the 2LT trim comes standard with driver memory for the driver seat. Premium cloth seats are available for each of the trims, while leather-appointed seats are only available for the 2LT. Air conditioning comes standard on the LS and RS trims, but dual-zone automatic climate control comes standard on the LT and 2LT trims.

Cruise control is standard on the trims, but adaptive cruise control is available for the 2LT. A cabin air filter is standard on every trim, while available all-weather floor mats can be had on any of the models. Every trim but the 2LT comes with a six-speaker audio system, while the 2LT has access to the Bose premium nine-speaker audio system. The 2LT also comes with a charging-only USB port for charging smart devices or other electronic gadgets.

Every trim comes standard with the Chevrolet Infotainment System, featuring an eight-inch HD color touchscreen, voice command pass-through, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a standard inclusion along with Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The 2LT, however, has access to the advanced infotainment suite, which features cloud-connected services, such as personalization, connected navigation support, and wireless charging.

Heated driver and front passenger seats are standard on select trims, along with a heated steering wheel. Keyless open and start is standard across the model year line-up, along with interior overhead lighting. Every 2023 model year Malibu also comes equipped with power windows, power locks, and the OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services capabilities. Rear seat reminder, rear vision camera, and remote panic alarm are all standard features for the 2023 Chevy Malibu.

Malibu Safety Features

When it comes to safety, this is one of the features that GM has always excelled at for their vehicles, and the 2023 Chevy Malibu is no exception. Every trim comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist, which is outfitted with a number of passive and active safety features to help keep drivers and passengers safe on the road. This also includes the standard inclusion of ten airbags, the Teen Driver Mode with Buckle to Drive reminders, and a tire pressure monitoring system. LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) is also a standard feature.

There is the availability of Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, and Automatic Emergency Braking are also all standard safety features across the entire model year line-up of the Malibu. IntelliBeam auto high beams are also a standard feature as part of the Chevy Safety Assist suite.

More advanced safety features are available, such as the Automatic Parking Assist, which can automatically search and aid in steering with parking. There’s also the availability of Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, which works in connection with the radar and camera technology, improving brake response timing and reducing the possibility of potential collisions. The Malibu comes equipped with rear child security door locks and a Rear Seat Reminder, and there is the availability of three years of remote access, allowing you to remotely access, lock, start, and monitor safety and vehicle health remotely from a smartphone app.

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Check Your Local Dealer for a 2023 Chevy Malibu

The 2023 Chevy Malibu is available right now at Chevy dealers. If you’re interested in buying a brand new model year, you can contact your local dealer for information about the availability of the Malibu. Pricing for some of the accessories, packages, and special editions will also vary depending on your region and the availability of certain products. Of course, if you’re unsure about what is available or would like to order your Malibu with specific features, you can always contact your local dealer to get information about packaging options, accessibility to additional accessories, as well as pricing on special editions. If you’ve decided that a sedan is the model for you, then it’s time to get the Chevy Malibu.