If you live in Fort Walton Beach, Wright, Crestview, Destin, Navarre, Panama City Beach, or Pensacola and you’re shopping for a new car with sleek styling, a composed ride, impressive infotainment, and plenty of space inside that’s excellent value for money, the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu delivers all that and more. If you still need to remember why the midsize sedan segment used to be one of the most fiercely competitive areas of the auto market, the Malibu will be happy to jog your memory.
When you see the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu up close for the first time, don’t be surprised if you mistake it for something more expensive and premium. The Malibu is a four-door midsize sedan rocking a sporty aesthetic with its seductive curves, wide front grille, and sloping roofline with more than a hint of coupe about it. Some models wear a good helping of chrome trim for a sensible, grown-up look, while others go more youthful and sporty. That’s especially true if you choose one of the available Midnight or Sport Editions with their black 19-inch alloy wheels and blacked-out styling cues. The Malibu is also available in seven striking colors to suit your style: Mineral Gray, Dark Ash, Summit White, Mosaic Black, Riverside Blue, Radiant Red, and Sterling Gray.
It could be a challenging and lengthy process deciding between the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu LS, RS, LT, and top-of-the-range 2LT trim levels and the seven available colors. You’ll, therefore, probably be pleased to learn there are no tough decisions regarding the powertrain. The reason for that is all four 2023 Malibu trim levels come with the same standard 1.5-liter turbo-four engine, continuously variable transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive. The turbo-four produces a healthy 163 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, with that torque making the Malibu sometimes feel faster than its 163 horsepower could lead you to expect. The combination of a CVT transmission and small-displacement turbo engine also helps to deliver decent EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2023 Malibu of 29 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined.
When you’re inside the spacious and comfortable cabin of the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu, you’ll appreciate its smooth, comfortable, and pleasantly quiet ride. The symmetrical dash and the large opening below the center stack lend a spacious feel to the interior. Your cargo will feel appreciated too, thanks to the car’s generous 15.7 cu.-ft. trunk. The Malibu is also a car that takes safety seriously. Even the entry-level LS model features ten airbags, Automatic Emergency Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning as part of its standard specification.
Every vehicle that wants to be taken seriously today must pay attention to infotainment, and this is another area where the 2023 Malibu has plenty to shout about. The standard infotainment system features an 8.0-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth phone connection & audio streaming, and voice control. And perhaps best of all, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is wireless, so you don’t have to fiddle around connecting and disconnecting your smartphone whenever you get in or out of the car.
It’s easy to get caught up and carried away with the undeniable popularity of SUVs. Still, the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu is a stylish, value-for-money alternative for transporting up to five people in comfort and style that demands consideration. Check out the Malibu today with a test drive from Preston Hood Chevrolet at 212 Hollywood Blvd SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, or call us at 850-664-7000 for more information, and we can arrange an appointment that’s convenient for you.