The used Chevrolet Malibu has been around for decades, during which time it’s built a solid reputation as a smooth, reliable driver and comfortable cruiser. To learn more about what this used midsize sedan has to offer, check out our used Chevrolet Malibu buying guide from Bob Weaver Chevrolet.
Ninth Generation: 2016-Current Model Year
Why choose the ninth-generation used Chevrolet Malibu? When you choose a late model year Malibu, you can expect a generous supply of high-tech features. And, like the Malibu models that came before, these sedans are roomy and comfortable. A variety of powertrain options let you decide exactly how efficient (or powerful) you want your drive to be.
How do these models drive? This batch of used Malibus will appeal to drivers who crave quiet, comfortable cruising. Throughout the trim model lineup, you’ll discover a range of four-cylinder engines, so you can select a used Malibu that serves up greater speed or a thriftier performance, depending on your personal preferences. For drivers who spend a lot of time on the road, there’s even an extra-thrifty hybrid engine option.
What you need to know about the ninth-generation used Chevrolet Malibu: There were some important changes from model year to model year. For starters, the hybrid powertrain debuted for the 2016 model year, but it was discontinued after 2019. The 2017 Malibu was the first to pair its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission, enhancing fuel economy at high speeds.
Compared to previous models, the 2019 Chevy Malibu saw some big changes. This refreshed model features new front and rear styling, so it’s easy to pick out of a crowd. The 2019 Malibu was the first to pair a continuously variable transmission with its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, boosting fuel economy. Finally, this Malibu rolled out an upgraded infotainment system, with an easy-to-use touch screen and standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
Eighth Generation: 2013-2015
Why choose the eighth-generation used Chevrolet Malibu? Compared to previous Malibus, these sedans introduce more tech features and thriftier engine options. Eighth-generation used Malibus are also known for their refined performance and roomy cabins. If you’ve got a long way to go, these sedans make equally great family haulers or commuters.
Shoppers can potentially find four trim models on the used lot—the LS, LT, LTZ, and Eco. With the LS, you get all the basics, from air-conditioning to a power driver’s seat. The LT adds little luxuries, like dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a touch-screen interface. The Eco is equipped much like the mid-level LT, except it adds a thrifty hybrid powertrain. Check out the top-trim LTZ for an upscale ride to work, with leather upholstery and heated front seats.
How did these models change from year to year? Beginning with the 2014 Malibu, the base engine was revised to supply a little extra fuel economy. The 2014 models also rolled out revised suspension tuning to add to the Malibu’s ride refinement.