2025 Chevrolet Malibu

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2025 Chevrolet Malibu illustration

As we know, the Chevrolet Malibu sedan will not die with the current generation, and the next one won’t be an expensive EV either.

Sedan sales have recently increased for a few models, but especially the Malibu. The current generation Malibu started production in 2015 and actually had a huge bump in sales last year. While only 39 376 units were sold in 2021 (down from over 102 000 the previous year) it jumped to 115 468 units last year. And it seems to be doing even better this year with over 37 000 units sold in Q1 2023 Vs. 25 682 in Q1 2022. You can see why GM put a new generation back on the table.

The last time I test-drove the current Chevrolet Malibu I came up pretty impressed. It still is a very nice, pleasant, and roomy car to drive. Smooth and quiet and good on gas too. Plus, not everyone wants an SUV, and not everyone can afford a super high car payment either. These mid-sized sedans are actually affordable to most new car buyers.

The 2023 Malibu starts at $26 100 and is still under $35 000 with every single option. This is cheaper than most of its competition. A brand new design would add even more appeal to the many price-conscious buyers. The 2024 Accord looks a little bit better in real life but is still not anything to rave about. The revised 2024 Hyundai Sonata is around the corner and later a new Toyota Camry is coming in a few months at the Los Angeles Auto Show. What GM needs to do is come up with a very good-looking design for the next Malibu. Something that doesn’t try to be a Camry. The current platform will just be updated a bit but it just needs to “look” all new and desirable. A really cool design can always do wonders for an aging platform.

In an age of ever-increasing car prices due to a giant switch to costlier SUVs and now even more expensive EVs, it’s refreshing to witness Malibu’s success.

Conversation 7 comments

  1. 100% agree. I really liked the rental Malibu’s I’ve driven. The only issue was the interior material quality (lower trim model), but its not all that different from lower trims from Toyota or the Koreans. The interior is a place Chevy could differentiate itself and compete more head-on with the Accord. And in general, its seems like CEO Mary Barra is leading GM to some really great decisions- ex. Tesla supercharger access, EVs and this..

  2. I’m sure the cancellation of the Fusion helped a little, but not by much. Glad it’s sticking around!

  3. Thank you so much for this info. I have had 4 malibu’s, in the last 8 years, and I basically loved everyone of them. I have never had a problem with any of them. They have all been good to me, and my husband. If this is true about the new generation, I will be ready for a new car in 2025, and the timing will be perfect. I hope the illustration above, will look something close to the new generation. Thank you, again, for the info. I am standing in line, already, for my new Malibu.

  4. I think that with GM cancelation of other models this gives them an opportunity to really go all out with the malibu, make it special and don’t be conservative with the design after all this would be the only sedan in Chevys lineup and it could also be very successful.

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