Chevrolet has sold a vehicle named Malibu since 1960s. It also has evolved from the RWD initial Malibus to the downsized cars of the 90’s. The Modern Malibu was introduced In 1997 as a replacement for the Chevy Corsica sedan. This Malibu was a smaller sedan than the most recent vehicle to wear the badge. It was also engineered around FWD architecture. The 1997 Malibu was a dull car. Powered by an economical 150-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or 155-hp (later 170-hp), 3.1-liter V-6 which actually felt much stronger, the Malibu was only offered with a soft suspension and 4-speed automatic, and even though it had the comfort basics covered, was drab and bland. Chevy finally dropped the 4-cylinder engine completely in 2000. The Malibu got a very well-deserved complete redesign in 2004. Using a new global platform, the 2004-2008 Malibu was a bit more refined, handled better, and had a far better interior, though it still felt too cheap and plastic. The Malibu was a half-step smaller than mid-size entries like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Its interior was surprisingly roomy and comfortable. Its engine lineup consisted of a nice, fuel-efficient 144-horsepower Ecotec 4-cylinder paired to a manual transmission, or a V-6 option making 201-hp, 3.5-liter that turned out a little disappointing but saved only by its amazing torque. A 4-speed automatic was again the only transmission, but the combination just didn't feel too refined. The Malibu boredom was solved in 2008. It was then when GM completely redesigned the model, making it much longer to better match mid-size rivals. GM also gave it an interior and backseat space that surpassed in class too many sedans its size. The interior bore greatly upgraded materials. Also its design was a clear step better than the layout of the former rental-car favorite. Engines included a 169-hp, 2.4-liter version of the Ecotec 4-cylinder engine and a 252-hp, DOHC 3.6-liter V-6, a version of the engine previously used in the Cadillac CTS and SRX, among others. For a short time, a semi-hybrid version of the 2009 Malibu was offered. It provided very slightly better mileage economy over the 4-cylinder versions and it simply failed to catch on. It was discontinued in 2010 after a very short production run. In 2009, Chevy deleted the Maxx wagon from the lineup, and added a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment to all sedan trims. Another standard feature added was the OnStar and traction control, while electronic stability control was standard on all trims except he entry-level LS.