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Photos of the Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu front view

Chevrolet keeps trying to make its horizontally split grille work. Getting better?

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu front angle high

From some angles the Malibu appears smaller than it is. This isn't one of them.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu front quarter

From the front quarter the Malibu appears long, low, and very smooth. Too smooth?

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu front quarter

The 2013-2015 Malibu looked much different. Squarer but stronger forms. Fans were few.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Kia Optima front quarter

The new Kia Optima: not as sleek, but sportier and arguably more upscale.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Impala front quarter

More muscular fenders help the Chevrolet Impala stand out more in traffic.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu side view

The continuously sweeping roof line is the most interesting aspect of the design. Dips low in back.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chrysler 200 side view

The Chrysler 200 has a similar shape, but less attractive proportions. Long front overhang.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Ford Fusion side view

The Ford Fusion was first with this look. Still the best? Or has Chevrolet taken that honor?

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu rear quarter

Clean finish.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu interior

A lot going on in here. Note stitched and padded trim on the dash face and the sides of the console.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Kia Optima interior

The Kia Optima's interior would seem more severe even in a lighter shade. Audiesque quilted seats.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu LT interior

The Malibu interior in dark cloth instead of light leather. Note pattern on instrument panel trim.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Malibu door panel detail

An element too many? Door pull not shaped for grasping.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu instrument panel full

Much more distinctive than the exterior. The instrument panel wing is cloth in lesser trims.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu instrument panel

Most controls are well designed. But the manual gear selector is in the same awful place as before.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu driver seat

More comfortable than the driver seat in the Optima, despite the lack of quilting.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu back seat

The back seat is now competitive, but still not among the best.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu trunk

Trunk about average for the class. But no grab handle on the inside of the lid.

Chevrolet Malibu Photos: Chevrolet Malibu engine

The forte of the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is effortless acceleration.