2017 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP $23,225 - $30,975

Ranked #11 in Sedan

7.6

Overall Rating

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 6, 2021

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The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu comes with a lineup of four variants. The price range of which goes from $21,680-$30,975. The four trims are the Malibu 1L, Malibu 1LS, Malibu 1LT, and the Premier. Over and above these trims, there is a 1.8L Hybrid version too, priced at $27,875. Furthermore, it offers a total of three powertrains, a standard 1.5L engine, a 2.0L engine in the Premier, and a 1.8L hybrid.

2017 Chevy Malibu

The 2017 Malibu is known to be a very good family sedan, it proves the same with its humongous interior passenger room, significant cargo room,, and amazing fuel efficiency. However, it faces rivalry from several components such as the 2017 Honda Accord, 2017 Ford Fusion, 2017 Toyota Camry, and many more. 

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Pros

User-friendly infotainment system

Efficient engine and good EPA readings

Cons

The base model is severly underequipped

What's New?

Changes in the exterior design


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23225

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

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 w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

194 in.

width

73 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3103 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

11000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

25.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

191 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

468.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$23,225 onwards

LT$25,125 onwards

Premier$30,975 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Chevrolet Malibu in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Arctic Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.4

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2017 model year of the Chevrolet Malibu gets an exterior upgrade along with an infotainment system upgrade. Overall, it comes with three engine options and six trims. It is priced at an MSRP range of $21,680-$30,975. The 2017 Malibu is known to be a family sedan and it serves its purpose thoroughly. This is proved by the passenger room and cargo room it offers, along with the fabulous fuel economy it delivers.


6.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety


2017 Chevrolet Malibu Features

6.0/10

"A high predicted reliability rating, a roomy cabin, and one of the best infotainment systems in the class help make the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu one of the top players in our midsize car rankings." - Cars.USnews

Chevrolet Malibu is a basic family sedan that is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and it comes at a price of $21,680 onwards. For the 2017 model year, there are 4 trims on offer, the high-end trim being the Malibu Premier, priced at $30,975. All four trims get the same powertrain, generating 160 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

As you climb the trim ladder, the features offered to improve, and in the Premier trim you are offered high end features like dual-zone climate control, high-resolution colour display, opulent interiors, and more. Chevrolet MyLink is offered a 7-inch touch screen display in the Malibu 1LS trim that is priced at $23,225. At $25,125 the 1LT trim offers speed-sensitive volume control, 8-way power seats, and more.

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 The 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
  Door lock or unlock, honk your horn and flash your lights, and send destinations to your Chevrolet MyLink navigation screen (if equipped). Limited OnStar services include Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification   Speed-Sensitive Volume Control Sport Lowering Suspension Kit

We Recommend

The base trims of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu are not really exciting as they offer just about the bare minimum. And hence we recommend you to go in for the 1LT trim priced at $25,125. The features offered in this trim are mentioned above in the chart.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Engine and Performance

7.0/10
"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 of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Overall the Chevrolet Malibu offers 3 powertrains to choose from, a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine, and a hybrid 1.8L 4-cylinder engine. The 1.5 L engine generates 160hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the 1.8L hybrid engine manages to churn out 182hp and 375 lb-ft of torque while the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine puts out a massive 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
MSRP $21,680 $23,740 $23,070
Engine 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder DI 2.5L  I-4 2.5L I-4
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower (hp@RPM) 160 hp @ 5700 RPM 175 hp @ 6000 RPM 178 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

184 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM 175 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM 170 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM

Against Malibu, we have the 2017 Ford Fusion and the 2017 Toyota Camry both of which offer 2.5L inline-4 engines that generate a significant amount of power more than that of Malibu. However, in terms of torque, it is Malibu that generates more than its competition.

Acceleration of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

When put to race the Chevrolet Malibu goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds, quite fast for a family hauler. It also records a quarter-mile time of 14.3 seconds. The above-mentioned timings are with the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine considered. This decent record could be credited to the turbocharged engine that the Malibu comes with.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
0-60 MPH (seconds) 8.0 sec  8.5 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter mile (seconds) 14.3 sec 16.3 sec 15.4 sec
Engine 1.5L 2.5L 2.5L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 5.8 6.1 6.5

The competition surprises us as the Toyota Camry outperforms Malibu while the Fusion underperformance. This is indeed intriguing as both the rivals have a 2.5-liter engine that delivers more power than the Malibu, and yet the Fusion fails to amaze. In a sudden turn of events, we find the 2017 Malibu cutting the cake for the quarter-mile dash.

Ride and Handling of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

With regard to the drive experience and handling, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu performs pretty decently for a family sedan. When equipped with all-season tires the Malibu stays composed in most situations. Being a family sedan, the Malibu is quite long and has a decent curb weight to carry around, it cuts corners and offers responsive steering. However, at times it does feel inconsistent and tends to go off the road.

Braking of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

In this aspect of break performance, the 2017 Malibu performs just fine. Equipped with 11.6-inch rotors for the front wheels and a set of 10.8-inch rotors for the rear wheels seems to be adequate for the 3086 lbs it carries. Just like its handling, even the brake performance is responsive and smooth. Moreover, it has the upper edge due to the all-season tires that it comes with.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Brake Front (in.) 11.6 11.8 11.7
Brake Rear (in.) 10.8 11.9 11.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3086 3472 3240
60-0 MPH (ft.) 113 NA 129

The brake performance distance of the 2017 Ford Fusion is unknown. However, we can predict its performance with the given brake rotor specs available. With regard to the 2017 Toyota Camry, it comes equipped with a set of 11.7-inch rotors for the front wheels and a set of 11.0-inch rotors for the rear wheels. This helps it come to a standstill in 129 feet.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy

8.0/10

"The standard 2017 Chevy Malibu gets some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class: 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway." - Cars.USnews

With a modest engine comes a fabulous fuel efficiency, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu stands testimony to the same. Perfect as a family sedan, it offers the best in class gas mileage. Its official EPA rating is 30 mpg for its combined reading, 27 miles to a gallon for city drives, and a whopping 36 miles to a gallon for Highway cruises.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
MPG (city) 27 21 24
MPG (highway) 36 32 33
MPG (combined) 30 25 27

The 2017 Toyota Camry does wonders as it outperforms the Ford Fusion in acceleration as well as in delivering a fine gas mileage. With a combined reading of 27 miles to a gallon and 33 miles to a gallon for Highway cruises, it ranks in the second position. The Ford Fusion has a combined reading of 25 miles to a gallon and ranks in the last place. 

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

8.0/10

"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 of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is one of the largest sedans in the class. With the ability to accommodate 5 individuals, it comes loaded with features and comfort. For the front row, it offers headroom of 39 inches, for the shoulder room, 58.5 inches, and generously offers 42.0 inches for the legroom. Even the second row of seats is quite spacious, though not equal to the front row. With a lower dashboard to offer it delivers a better view for the driver and a fine seating position.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/58.5/42.0 39.2/57.8/44.2 38.8/58.0/41.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.5/57.1/38.1 37.8/56.9/38.3 38.1/56.6/38.9

Against its competition, it faces rivalry in this aspect majorly from the 2017 Ford Fusion. However, the margin between these two vehicles is insignificant and we can consider all of them to be spacious. 2017 Toyota Camry offers a better second row than the 2017 Ford Fusion while being at par with the Chevy.

Infotainment System of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2017 model year has an upgraded infotainment system with the latest technology and it also includes the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on its 7-inch touchscreen. It further offers the basic infotainment features, a list of which is mentioned below:

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

Cargo volume of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

For its cargo space, the Malibu provides a room that measures 15.8 cubic feet. Probably just enough to meet the names of five individuals. However, the hybrid version has a predicament: it has a bit of the trunk space occupied for storing batteries, that apart from the cargo space offered is decent.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 15.8 16.0 15.4

The best in class with regard to the cargo space offering is the 2017 Ford Fusion. It offers 16 cubic feet, just 0.2 cubic feet more than Malibu. On the other hand, the Camry offers 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room. All the vehicles in consideration have a decent offering with regard to cargo room, the difference between which isn't really significant.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

7.0/10

"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 of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2017 model year sees an upgrade in its exterior design and dimension. When compared with the previous make, it seems to be longer. The design also sees a modification. Evident change can be noticed at the rear end and the nose, with other small changes to the lines across the body.

Models 2017 Chevrolet Malibu  2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Toyota Camry
Curb weight (lbs.) 3086 3472 3240
Length(in) 193.8 191.8 190.9
Width(in) 73.0 72.9 71.7
Height(in) 57.6 58.2 57.9
Ground clearance (in) N/A NA 6.1
Wheelbase (in) 111.4 112.2 109.3
Track width (in) F/R 62.6/62.5 62.4/62.0 62.8/62.4

As compared to the competitors, the Ford Fusion proves to be the heaviest and the Malibu, lightest. The Toyota Camry weighs in somewhere in between at 3240 lbs. The length of the Malibu deems it to be the longest, while also being the widest. Further, it has a fine ground clearance and wheelbase as well.

Exterior features of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

  • 19" Aluminum Wheels
  • Wheel Locks
  • Dark Chrome Grille
  • Power Sunroof
  • Black Bowtie
  • Alternate Finish Mirror Caps
  • Custom Molded Front And Rear Splash Guards
  • Crystal Claret Red Grille

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Safety

8.4/10

"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the passenger-side crash test." - Cars.USnews

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu goes under the scrutiny of safety rating agencies such as NHTSA and the IIHS. NHTSA awards it an overall rating of 5 stars, even in the individual aspects other than the rollover test where it scores 4 out of 5 stars.

2017 Chevy Malibu safety crash test, IIHS

With regard to the safety offering, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu offers just about the basics. Given below is a list of the features it offers:

  • Traction Control
  • Duralife brake rotors with corrosion-resistant technology
  • Teen Driver technology
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Competition

2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Ford Fusion

In competition against the Ford Fusion, we find that it is a little bit more powerful in terms of power output but the same is not reflected in its acceleration performance. Chevrolet Malibu offers better fuel economy and passenger room. On the other hand, the Ford Fusion offers better interior features and a cargo room that is larger by just 0.2 cubic feet.

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2017 Toyota Camry

Against the Toyota Camry, the Chevy Malibu proves to be an economical option. However, the 2.5-liter engine of the Camry delivers more power and this clearly translates in its acceleration performance. The interior and exterior offerings of both the cars in consideration are quite similar, this is with regard to the passenger room and cargo room. With unprecedented reliability, we would recommend the Camry over the 2017 Malibu.

2917 Toyota Camry

 

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Final Verdict

Priced at an MSRP range of $21,680-$30,975, the Chevy Malibu delivers adequately for a family sedan. Its interior room for passengers and cargo perfectly suits its purpose. Further, it comes with the best fuel economy in class, just as anyone would want for a family hauler. However, the audience who considers the Chevrolet Malibu would also have vehicles such as the 2017 Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Mazda 6 Sport, and the Ford Fusion in consideration as well. For its price, we would definitely recommend Malibu over its competitors.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

 


2017 Chevrolet Malibu FAQs

At what price is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu offered?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is priced at an MSRP of $21,680 and onward.

Is there a hybrid version of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

Yes, the 2017 Chevy malibu comes in a hybrid variant as well, equipped with a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion.

What powers the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is powered by a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.

Which cars could be potential alternates to the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2017 Toyota Camry, the 2017 Honda Accord, and the 2017 Ford Fusion make good alternates for the 2017 Chevy Malibu.

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