Premium Chevrolet Malibu Models in Cleveland, TN
As the name suggests, the Chevrolet Malibu is an absolute joy to drive. Drawing its original inspiration from one of America’s most beautiful beach towns, the Malibu ensures drivers enjoy their time spent behind the wheel. First introduced in 1964 and meticulously redesigned a number of times since, the current Malibu is a reflection of the past 50 plus years of engineering excellence that has been taking place at Chevrolet.
A Brief History of the Chevrolet Malibu
Named after one of California’s most prestigious coastal neighborhoods, the Chevy Malibu started as a trim option for the immensely popular Chevelle. The Malibu first became its own model in its fourth generation in 1978.
The Malibu was taken out of circulation in 1983 and would remain out of circulation until 1997. Originally offered as a rear-wheel drive, the Malibu has been offered in front-wheel drive since its return 1997.
Currently, the Malibu is offered in five trims: L, LS, RS, LT and Premier. These trims range in price from $22,095* to $33,320* without any enhanced packages or add-ons. The 2020 Malibu’s major selling points are a roomy interior, a driver-friendly touchscreen infotainment display and a stylish exterior that lends itself to more efficient performance.
The first-generation Malibu was offered to buyers as a top-of-the-line luxury version of the ultra-popular Chevelle. At first, the Malibu was available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon models.With the availability of a V8 engine, drivers found a faster, more powerful option than what Chevy was offering at the time.
Throughout the course of the first generation (1964 -1967), the Malibu experienced a number of key changes including a revised grille, tail section and tail lights, as well as the addition of an 8-track player in 1967.
In 1968, the entire Chevelle lineup, including the Malibu, underwent a full revamp. As such, the second-generation Malibu has a noticeably different look and feel when compared to its predecessor. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine, the second-generation Malibu was great for drivers of all walks of life looking to enjoy their time on the road more.
During its time on the market, the second-generation Malibu benefitted from a few design changes including revised tail lights, rear deck and grille.
The third-generation Malibu was the last Malibu released under the Chevelle name. Powered by an inline six-cylinder engine, the third-generation Malibu was offered as the mid-range option within the Chevelle lineup. Delux being the base trim, followed by the Malibu and the Malibu SS and topped off by the more luxurious Laguna trim.
The fourth-generation Malibu was the first Malibu to be released as its own model, no longer under the Chevelle name. Chevy decided to make the Malibu its own model based on the decade plus of success the Malibu experienced under the Chevelle name. The third-generation Malibu boasted a streamlined design and, as a result, came in about one foot shorter and weighed in about a thousand pounds lighter than its predecessor.
This model was available in two trims, Malibu and Malibu Classic, as well as three body types: coupe, sedan and station wagon. This Malibu generation remained in circulation until 1983.
After a 14-year hiatus, the Malibu reemerged, much to the delight of drivers throughout the country. The fifth-generation Malibu featured a more rounded off 90’s-style exterior. Buyers had the option to choose between a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. This generation Malibu was the first to be offered in all-wheel drive.
The sixth-generation Malibu boasted some major interior enhancements along with a more squared off back end and larger headlights than the previous models. Buyers had the option to choose between a four-door sedan and a hatchback model. The hatchback model was called the Maxx and was only in circulation until 2007.
In 2006, Chevy introduced the Super Sport trim to the Malibu, which gave performance-minded drivers with a need for speed an option for them within the Malibu lineup.
The seventh-generation Malibu experienced a full interior and exterior redesign, which elevated the overall quality and feel of the vehicle. Along with drastically enhancing the standard suite of safety features, the Malibu also became available in a hybrid option for the first time. Buyers were able to choose between 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter engine options with four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission configurations.
While the seventh-generation Malibu focused on elegant improvements, the eighth generation went in a different direction and highlighted the more aggressive aspects of the Malibu’s overall design. The eighth-generation Malibu featured enhanced exterior contours, block tail lighting and a more prominent grille.
The interior also benefited from some upgrades, including the addition of a large touchscreen infotainment console and phone connectivity options. 2012 also marked the introduction of the Eco model followed by the turbo model in 2013.
The ninth-generation Malibu hit lots about 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor. This sleeker, more modern makeup provided buyers with a spacious interior and more stylish exterior. The standard engine option for the ninth generation is an LFV Ecotec 1.5-liter turbo engine. 2016 also marked the first the Malibu became available in an entirely hybrid model.
The ninth-generation Malibu introduced a teen driver feature into the lineup and provided drivers with more advanced safety features and crash avoidance technology. In 2019, the Malibu received a minor refresh. This refresh included the addition of a backup camera, as well as a redesigned grille and standard eight-inch touchscreen infotainment portal.
What’s New For 2020?
The Malibu did not receive many upgrades for 2020, however, it did benefit from a few improvements. These improvements include 19-inch aluminum wheels, a power moonroof and the introduction of a Redline trim. The Malibu Hybrid has also been discontinued for 2020.
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*All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.