2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$21,680 - $30,975 See Inventory Prices

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The latest variant of the Chevrolet Malibu is indeed a very smooth operator. Even with its hybrid models very little drone comes through its gasoline versions however, its hybrid models a bit noisier as the engine revs up to match the driver's right foot

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Pros

User-friendly infotaimnet

Efficient engine and good EPA estimates

Cons

The base model is severly underequipped

What's New?

9-speed automatic transmission

2 LT trim has been discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21680

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu. in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.87 in. ventilated front disc/11.65 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

193.8 in.

width

73 in.

height

57.6 in.

curb weight

3108 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

11000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Arctic Blue Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Blue Velvet Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Pepperdust Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Silver Ice Metallic color
Arctic Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.3

Interior

7.2

Exterior

7.9

Safety

6.8

Driving

8.3

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Malibu L

L

power
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$21,680


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $21,680 MSRP (27/30/36) 160 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS

power
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$23,225


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,225 MSRP (27/30/36) 160 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS Fleet

LS Fleet

power
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$23,225


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,225 MSRP (27/30/36) 160 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT

power
160 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,125


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,125 MSRP (27/30/36) 160 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier

Premier

power
250 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$30,975


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $30,975 MSRP (22/26/33) 250 hp @ 5300 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan
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MPG: 46 combined

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


7.2/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 

8.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

6.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

With good set of options to choose from, Chevrolet Malibu can be purchased in the base trim with as low as $21,680 but opting for luxurious trims and standalone features could rake-up the price up to $30,975. Except for the higher end Malibu Premier all of its other trims are fitted with standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine while the Premier comes with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with the latest 9 speed automatic.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Features

7.2/10

There are four main configurations available with 2017 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan: L, LS, LT and Premier. The base L trim comes with a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque added to a six-speed automatic transmission.

If you wish to go higher with luxury features you could opt for the Convenience and Technology package, which include even more features. This also opens the door for the Leather package, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power passenger seat (with power lumbar) and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

Premier trim would not only give you everything mentioned above, but also a better engine - a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Trim Malibu 1L Malibu 1LS Malibu 1LT Malibu Premier
MSRP $21,680 $23,225 $25,125 $30,975
Key

 

Features

Climate control: Single-zone, manual  Chevrolet MyLink Radio with a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display 8-way power, driver seat with lumbar control Climate control: Dual-zone, automatic
Driver Information Center (DIC): Monochromatic display AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth audio streaming for select phones Turn Signal In Mirrors High-resolution color display includes trip/fuel information, vehicle information and vehicle settings
AM/FM stereo Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility Stainless Steel Door Sill Plates Leather-wrapped 3-spoke with mounted controls for audio and cruise control
OnStar Basic Plan for five years Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control Power Sunroof Ventilated Driver Seat
Chevrolet Mobile App including remote start (if properly equipped), door lock or unlock, honk your horn and flash your lights, and send destinations to your Chevrolet MyLink5 navigation screen (if equipped). Limited OnStar services include Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification Speed Sensitive Volume Control 8 -Way Power Driver Seat Sport Lowering Suspension Kit

We Recommend

Since the base trim is quite bland it is recommended that the LT trim of Malibu with the Convenience and Technology package is fairly priced and gets you a nice assortment of luxuries. The limited 1.5-liter engine can be a downside with this trim but the additional luxury package covers it up.

 

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Engine

7.5/10
The current Chevrolet Malibu is a bold step forward for this previously disappointing family sedan. Its long-distance comfort and capable performance are what you expect for the segment, while its sharp handling and available advanced hybrid powertrain are standout elements. -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With the latest variant of Malibu Chevrolet, the sedan is powered by a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that produces healthy 140 horsepower and 158 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces enough power for medium duty commuting.

Premier includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine roaring with 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque mated with a brand new nine-speed automatic transmission which is the latest addition in its fleet of Malibu.

Models Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda Accord LX Mazda 6 Sport auto Toyota Camry LE
MSRP $21,680 $22,355 $22,995 $23,070
Engine 1.5L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder DI 2.4L 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC I4 2.5L DOHC 16-Valve I4 2.5L I-4 DOHC SMPI
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 160 hp @ 5700 rpm 185 hp @ 6400 rpm 184 hp @ 5700 rpm 178 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm 181 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm 185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm 170 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

Compared with the 2.4-liter turbo-4 in the Honda Accord LX, Malibu is preferred as its version has more refined character. The Malibu also does great without multiple adjustments for the throttle, like Eco, Normal and Sport modes found in other cars. Apart from shedding 300 pounds of fat the new Chevy Malibu has nailed the calibration for the accelerator, transmission, and steering boost.

Acceleration

The standard engine of the Chevrolet Malibu gives out adequate firepower with its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine while the Premier model's 2.0T, which accelerates quickly when you stomp on the gas can be a tough competition for its peers.

Models Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda accord LX Mazda 6 Sport auto Toyota camry LE
0-60 MPH 8.0 sec 7.3 sec 7.6 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter mile 14.3 sec 15.8 sec 16.1 sec 15.4 sec
Engine 1.5L 2.4L 2.5L 2.5L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.8 6.8 6.1 6.5

The base engine however, takes 8 seconds to swiftly move from 0-60 mph which is full one second less than the Toyota Camry LE. Both the Honda Accord and the Mazda 6 Sport trail the same line with 7.3 and 7.6 seconds respectively to go from 0-60 mph.

Ride and Handling

In spite of its non-sporty position and size the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu corners with more athleticism than most family sedans. It's all season tires can be a bit of an irritant as it howls loudly when pushed but the sedan remains composed and predictable.

The driver would enjoy driving the car in the city sides as it gives easy maneuverability and along with a responsive steering. Sometimes the steering may feel a bit rubbery during the initial turn-in but the turning effort is consistent and appropriate for this type of car. Overall the vehicle is responsive enough to instill confidence and can keep up with those who drive exuberantly.

Braking

In the panic speed test, the Chevrolet Malibu took 113 feet to come to halt from 60-0 mph which is a decent number in its class. Its pedal action seems smooth and predictable while driving and firms up during panic situations. It's excellent all-season tires is an added advantage as it makes the odd uneven pedal more comfortable.

Model Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda Accord LX Mazda 6 Sport auto Toyota Camry LE
Brake Front (in.) 11.6 11.1 11.7 11.7
Brake Rear (in.) 10.8 11.1 10.9 11.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3108 3170 3250 3245
60-0 MPH (ft.) 113 117 126 129

Among its rivals the Toyota Camry and the Mazda 6 Sport fairs the least in the panic break test taking around 126 and 129 feet respectively which is very low in its class.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy

8.3/10

There is no question of doubting the score of the 2017 Malibu in fuel efficiency as it has a good mileage for a mid-size sedan which can be seen only on more expensive hybrid models. The trims which come with turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4 manage 27 mpg city, 36 highway, 30 combined, according to the EPA which makes a good fuel-efficient family sedan.

Model Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda Accord LX Mazda 6 Sport auto Toyota Camry LE
MPG (city) 27 23 26 24
MPG (highway) 36 32 35 33
MPG (combined) 30 26 29 27

Switching to higher trims, which is equipped with 2.0-liter turbo-4 and a 9-speed automatic are no slouches either as they get EPA rates of 22/33/26 mpg which makes them more efficient mid-size sedans without electrification and only the Honda Accord reaches 30 mpg combined which is indeed the best in class.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

7.2/10
The Malibu benefits from a pleasant, modern and uncluttered dashboard design and a simple layout of controls. Its space is on par with most in the segment, which means there's an abundance of it. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Being one of the most spacious mid-sizers the Malibu is cleverly packaged to make it look roomier. Despite having a relatively smaller wheelbase the Malibu gives the benefit to rear seat passengers with 38.1 inches of leg room. It makes the ride comfier with active noise cancellation and sound deadening which helps quell the harsh vibrations from the road and powertrain.

The dash has been lowered and with low driving positions making the passenger in the front seat feel better. The sedans thoughtful touches like console padding at knee height makes the interior feel bigger than many other luxury mid-size sedans.

Model Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda Accord LX Mazda 6 Sport auto Toyota Camry LE
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/58.5/42.0 39.1/58.6/42.5 38.4/57.1/42.2 38.8/58.0/41.6
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/57.1/38.1 37.5/56.5/38.5 37.1/55.5/38.7 38.1/56.6/38.9

Infotainment System

The Chevrolet Malibu doesn't shy away from upgrading its infotainment system with the latest tech even after keeping the cost of the vehicle low. Some of the active standard features that you'll find on the Malibu 1L are:-

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Wi-fi capabilities
  • AUX

Cargo volume

Malibu offers nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the back, The hump in the middle that you'll encounter while storing your items in the trunk is because of the batteries present there, apart from that it is livable.

Model Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda Accord LX Mazda 6 Sport auto Toyota Camry LE
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 15.8 15.8 14.8 15.4

Both the sedans, Honda Accord LX and Chevrolet Malibu get 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is average for this segment.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

7.9/10
Chevrolet has managed a difficult task with its family of sedans, somehow imparting a family resemblance on the Malibu that's immediately shared with the larger Impala and smaller Cruze, but without making small, medium and large versions of the same car. -Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

When compared to its previous generation models the Malibu has longer and lower up front, even though overall weight is down. The latest variant of the Malibu has been retrofitted with higher strength steel to make it make it look lighter, brighter, and longer. You'll notice that the nose is lower and its shape has been a bit stretched, but much of the attention invested into new proportions pays off in the interior.

Model Chevrolet Malibu 1L Honda accord LX Mazda 6 sport auto Toyota camry LE
Curb weight (lbs.) 3108 3170 3250 3245
Length(in) 193.8 192.5 192.7 190.9
Width(in) 73.0 72.8 72.4 71.7
Height(in) 57.6 57.7 57.1 57.9
Ground clearance (in) N/A 5.8 6.4 6.1
Wheelbase (in) 111.4 109.3 111.4 109.3
Track width (in) F/R 62.6/62.5 62.8/63.0 62.4/62.0 62.8/62.4

Narrower taillights on the Malibu are much talked about feature as it is all the rage for mid-sizers, including Mazda and Kia, however it's worth pointing out how the new Malibu has managed to visually balanced this new look.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Safety

6.8/10

Standard safety features are as follows:

  • 10 airbags:1 Dual-stage frontal, thorax side-impact and knee for driver and front passenger (includes Passenger Sensing System); thorax side-impact for rear outboard seating positions; head-curtain side-impact for front and rear outboard seating positions
  • Brakes: 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc; Duralife brake rotors with corrosion-resistant technology
  • Teen Driver technology
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control

IIHS Rating

Chevrolet Malibu scores well in the safety tests conducted by the independent testing agency - IIHS.

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Marginal
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Marginal

NHTSA Rating

Chevy Malibu receives an Overall 5-star rating from the federal testing agency.

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Competition

Chevrolet Malibu vs Honda Accord

LX has a roomy cabin along with attractive and stylish soft-touch materials. You'll experience a comfortable ride quality when driving through its bumpy roads and on the highway due to its good quality suspension. It's engines also provide impressive acceleration and scores points on decent fuel economy.

Even being a midsize car, the Honda Accord doesn't fail to provide you with a sporty handling. But the sedan is limited when it comes to upgrading the vehicle with some luxurious features. Sometimes the river aides become overly sensitive especially the frontal collision warning system. Its optional touchscreen interface is a source of constant frustration as it scores low on ease of usability.

Chevrolet Malibu vs Mazda 6 Sport auto

Having a very responsive engine and transmission makes the Mazda 6 Sport Auto makes it feel faster and comfortable than most family sedans. With fairly good score in fuel economy the Mazda 6 Sport can compete with any car in its class. It's handling is quite reassuring combined with a responsive steering make the car entertaining to drive. It also boasts of one of the best technology interfaces in its class.

The Mazda sedan has also managed to grace its body with attractive styles both inside and out. It does not, however, offer any hybrid model or all-wheel-drive option like many other cars in this class. It scores low on ride quality as it feels a bit stiffer than its rivals.

Chevrolet Malibu vs Toyota Camry LE

The Toyota Camry LE is quite roomy and makes full effort to make its passengers comfortable. Its outward visibility is better than most of the cars in its class. Buyers would be pleased to upgrade to its various trim levels which have distinct luxury features.

Toyota has made much effort to make the interior controls of Camry easy to use, read and operate. However, its fuel economy is as much as you would expect from a car of its class.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Final Verdict

The latest variant of the Chevrolet Malibu is indeed a very smooth operator. Chevy has done a pretty good job to keep out external noise from its cabin but you can expect some rough vibrations to make their ways through their doors. In order to keep its price low, the sedan has compromised with the interior quality of the cabin with its plenty of soft-touch surfaces clearly visible where it matters but the number of color and surface combined is very limited.

As most new car buyers base their initial judgment on external looks and with specs and drive comfort coming in as secondary requirements the exterior styling does work well for the car. But with a stiff competition, it's hard to say whether a buyer would go for Malibu instead of other sedans in this variant as they are just as good.