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2019 Chevy Malibu packs a darker look with new RS package

The Malibu's midcycle refresh focused largely on tech, with the RS package offering some affordable style.

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Despite crossovers taking the country by storm as the lame millennial version of Beatlemania, the midsize sedan segment remains a strong one.

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This class is filled with badges you've seen adorning tree-lined suburban streets for decades: Accord, Altima, Camry, Malibu, Sonata, you get the idea.

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In order to stand out in this segment, automakers need to bring their A-games and develop vehicles that work both for drivers and the rest of the family.

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In a few ways, the refreshed-for-2019 Chevrolet Malibu has what it takes to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the stalwarts.

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But in so, so many other ways, the last remaining Chevy sedan is little more than a sandwich board with "This way to the crossovers" written on it.

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If price matters more than anything, you'll undoubtedly appreciate that the Malibu starts well below competitors like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

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Yet, aside from the infotainment system, those cars pack superior standard equipment.

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Trying to equip the Malibu similarly brings the cost way up, at which point its appeal rides the asymptote down toward "None."

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If you simply must stay in the GM family, your money is better spent on an Equinox.

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