In this week’s Car Clash, we have two vehicles that are both loved and loathed. In the red corner, we’ve got a late-model Chevrolet Malibu, which gained a lot of praise from the media when it first launched in 2008 for raising the bar — and thus the expectations — of what people can find in a Chevy sedan. Its appeal was also heightened by attractive styling, and a solid line of engines. But this year it was replaced by its opponent in the blue corner, the new Chevy Malibu.
While the new model is an improvement over the outgoing one, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu didn’t receive the same love from the press. It could be the powertrain, or the interior dimensions, or just some lack of pizzazz that’s keeping the new ‘Bu from standing out. But one could also opine that the automotive media is just blowing hot air, and can’t relate to the needs and wants of the average midsize sedan buyer.
You be the judge in the poll and comment section below!