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Eric's Autos: 2023 Chevy Malibu

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It is the end of the line, almost -- and of something else, too.

The 2023 Chevy Malibu is almost the last car Chevy still sells -- not counting the Camaro and Corvette, which are high-performance coupes. The Malibu is the last sedan Chevy still sells, at any rate -- and Chevy once sold more sedans than GM sells vehicles today.

In their place, crossovers and SUVs -- which everyone else is selling, too. It makes you wonder whether it make more sense for Chevy to sell more of what everyone else isn't anymore, in order to sell more vehicles again.

What It Is

The Malibu is the last midsize family sedan made by Chevrolet. It competes with import-brand family sedans such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

It's an older design than its rivals -- and (for what is probably its last year in production) comes with just one engine, irrespective of trim -- with no option to buy a more powerful engine.

 

Prices start at $24,400 for the 1LS trim; there are also RS ($25,400) and 1LT trims ($27,800) trims, topping out at $31,200 for the 2LT trim.

Every trim comes standard with the same 1.5-liter engine, paired up with a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

What's New

The previously available Prestige trim has been dropped, along with the previously available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that came with it.

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