The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is one of the best-looking cars in its segment and doesn’t seem out of place sitting next to some much more expensive models.
Cars.com thinks that "Chevrolet finally has done its job on styling." Edmunds notes that the 2008 styling upgrades (which remain in place for the 2010 model) ensure that "the car is smoothly handsome and free of styling gimmicks, which bodes well for its long-term appeal. And it has none of the self-conscious oddness of recent Honda and Toyota designs." The Los Angeles Times proposes that its "average" styling may in fact be a good thing. The Washington Post applauds Chevrolet; 2010's Malibu looks good, they opine, "without trying to be something that it isn't."
Inside, Edmunds observes that "two-tone interior treatments help lift ... cabin into the premium class," and believes that "only the [Honda] Accord's interior really stands clearly above the Malibu's effort." Cars.com notes that "interior styling is much better than anything other than the Saturn Aura in General Motors' family sedan lineup." They also feel that the "two-tone gray interior...looks modern while reflecting some dash designs from the late 1950s and early '60s." The interior of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu may not be able to match the gold standard of the Honda Accord, but two-tone is a nice touch that adds a certain uniqueness to the car.