2018 Chevrolet Malibu


Ranked #6 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP $21,680 - $31,020
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Key Spec of 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
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160 hp @ 5700 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Accomodating seats

Underpowered engine

Optional Redline Edition package for LT trim

Decent fuel economy

Lack of advanced safety features as standard

Sandy Ridge Metallic color added exterior

Intuitive infotainment system

NVH levels could be better

Agile handling

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu continues with similar features and specifications as the previous model year. With a starting price of $21,680, Chevrolet’s midsize 4-door sedan belongs to the same generation as the 2016 model. However, to spice things up, Chevy offers Redline Appearance Package for the LT trim, adding blacked-out appearance. Even Sandy Ridge Metallic color is added to the color palette for all the trims. The L, LS, and LT trims are powered by the same 1.5-liter turbo engine with 163 horsepower. The Premier trim gets a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine with 250 horsepower. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale 

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is a pretty decent offering from Chevrolet, featuring sleek styling and practicality of a family sedan. The Chevrolet Malibu offers decent interior space, features and infotainment system for the asking price. The Malibu could be leased for a term of 36 months and $548 monthly payments. The annual mileage limit is 10,000 miles and $2,000 due at signing. However, if you are looking for a used 2018 Malibu then you can find a good example in the range of $12,550-$18,995, depending on the age, condition and odometer mileage. Sadly, the 2023 model year will bid farewell to the only American midsize sedan on sale in 2022. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Buying Advice 

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu ticks many right boxes when it comes to fuel economy, interior dimensions, and trunk space. However, the same cannot be said about its reliability. The 2018 Chevy Malibu has been recalled six times and nearly 384 complaints are registered with the NHTSA. Surely, that’s not extreme but much more as compared to 2019 and above model years. The 2019 Chevy Malibu has been plagued with fewer problems and has been recalled only once. The 2019-2022 Chevrolet Malibu features bolder exterior styling and enhanced features. Surely, the 2022 model year can be considered as the best option to buy, courtesy of zero recalls and thus improved reliability.

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu 

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is offered with multiple powertrain options, including a hybrid trim as well. The non-hybrid trims are powered by a 1.5-liter turbo engine, while the Premier trim is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine. The hybrid trim is powered by a 1.8-liter engine and dual electric motors for a combined output of 182 hp. The Malibu does not offer modern driver-assistance features as standard, while some of its competition do offer them. Chevy’s midsize sedan challenges the likes of Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata

Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)$21572$216801 Listings
LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)$22387$23320783 Listings
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Over All Rating

8.2Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#6 in Midsize Sedan

#11 in Sedan

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L$21,680 onwards
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  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Speaker audio system
  • Tilt-And-Telescoping steering wheel
LS$23,225 onwards
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  • 16-inch aluminum Wheels
  • 4G LTE connection w/ Wi-Fi
  • 7-Inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system
  • Laminated side windows
  • Rearview camera
LT$25,220 onwards
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  • 17-Inch wheels
  • Eight-Way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear-Seat air vents
Premier$31,020 onwards
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  • 18-Inch wheels
  • 8-Inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Nine-Speaker Bose audio system
  • Power front-seat lumbar adjustment
  • Wireless charging pad

Used Chevrolet Malibu For Sale

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $196/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,783 Below market
RMV: $20,283
Mileage 28,893 mi.
Listed On 03 Dec 2021 (426 Days)
Houston, TX

2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $166/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,758 Below market
RMV: $17,057
Mileage 74,714 mi.
Listed On 21 Sep 2022 (134 Days)
Homestead, FL

2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,728 Below market
RMV: $13,718
Mileage 95,388 mi.
Listed On 18 Jul 2022 (199 Days)
Ripley, TN

2017 Chevrolet Malibu LS

LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,452 Below market
RMV: $16,447
Mileage 101,000 mi.
Listed On 21 Oct 2022 (104 Days)
Price Drop, $2000
Earlier Price: $12000
30 Sep 2022
Roanoke, VA

2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,702 Below market
RMV: $13,702
Mileage 122,476 mi.
Listed On 03 Aug 2022 (183 Days)
Price Drop, $500
Earlier Price: $10995
29 Dec 2022
Naugatuck, CT

2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $142/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,867 Below market
RMV: $14,362
Mileage 96,800 mi.
Listed On 29 Aug 2022 (157 Days)
Elmhurst, NY

2017 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Est. $131/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,495 Below market
RMV: $13,195
Mileage 143,267 mi.
Listed On 14 May 2022 (264 Days)
Price Drop, $501
Earlier Price: $15500
8 Nov 2022
Houston, TX

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier

Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,360 Below market
RMV: $20,359
Mileage 65,417 mi.
Listed On 24 Jul 2022 (193 Days)
Tulsa, OK

2019 Chevrolet Malibu LT

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Est. $183/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,721 Below market
RMV: $18,221
Mileage 90,286 mi.
Listed On 26 Dec 2022 (38 Days)

Colors and Styles

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Chevrolet Malibu proves that a dependable family sedan doesn’t have to be boring- CarGurus

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is not the perfect midsize sedan but it makes a strong point for itself with its exterior styling, inside features, decent comfort and affordability. In the J.D Power Consumer Rating, the “Kansas-Made” sedan scored 79 out of 100 which can be considered as “Average”. It scored 80/100, 81/100 and 83/100 for reliability, driving experience and dealership[ experience but a poor resale score of 69/100 affected the final score. The reason behind the lower resale value might be due to six recalls and problems registered with the NHTSA. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Expert Review

As compared to some of its competitors, the ownership costs are slightly on the higher side. The five year “Cost-To-Own” is based on multiple factors, including depreciation, fuel prices, insurance, maintenance and repairs. So, an estimated depreciation of $10,900 after five years is very probable. Similarly, the fuel, maintenance and insurance charges are estimated to be $9,954, $4,291 and $1,022 respectively. So, we consider it to be “Average” in terms of ease of ownership

Buying Advice


Considering specifications and features, the mid-level LT trim makes the most sense. As compared to the lower trims it offers features like 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, outside heated and body-colored mirrors, larger 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lamps, ambient lighting and driver window with express up/down. The starting price of the LT trim is $25,220, around $1,900 more than the previous trim. However, with a more desirable list of features, the LT trim is our opinion.



The 5-passenger Malibu is also a technological triumph, offering one of the best infotainment systems- Autotrader

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in five different trim configurations: L, LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier. The above-mentioned trims start at an msrp of $21,680, $23,320, $25,520, $27,920 and $31,020 respectively. A destination fee of $875 is levied over the base msrp of all the trims. The Malibu 2018 model has received a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. However, most of the ADAS features are not standard and optional from LT trim onwards, meaning that the L and LS trims miss out on them. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Features

The L trim is pretty basic and mostly for buyers who are not concerned with creature comforts but want a commuter sedan. Some features like 16-inch steel wheels, outsider power-adjustable mirrors, keyless open and start, cruise control, 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and single-zone climate control as standard. The LS trim adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, rear vision camera, 7-inch touchscreen display with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and built-in 4G WiFi. Even the compass and outside temperature display are standard on the Malibu LS. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Features 

The Malibu LT trim offers 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, outside heated and body-colored mirrors, larger 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lamps, and ambient lighting. The Hybrid trim offers similar features as the LT trim, adding hybrid-specific instrument console and dual-zone climate control system. The Premier trim adds LED tail lamps, dual exhaust outlets, 18-inch aluminum wheels, remote vehicle starter system, 9-speaker Bose premium sound system, 8-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated seats and wireless charging as well. 

Trims L LS LT Premier
MSRP (FWD) $ 21,680 $ 23,320 $ 25,220 $ 31,020
Key Features 16-inch steel wheels Adds/ Upgrades to L trim Adds/ Upgrades to LS  trim Adds/ Upgrades to LT trim
  6-speaker sound system 16-inch alloy wheels LED daytime running lamps 18-inch alloy wheels 
  3.5-inch instrument cluster Chevy MyLink with 7-inch touch-screen 17-in. aluminum wheels Remote Start
  Manually adjustable front seats OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot Ambient lighting 9-speaker Bose premium sound system
  Keyless entry Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 8-way power driver's seat 18-in. aluminum wheels
  Bluetooth connectivity Rearview Camera Heated exterior mirrors 8-inch touchscreen display
      Satellite radio Leather-wrapped & heated steering wheel
      Dual-zone automatic climate control Wireless charging
        Ventilated front leather seats
        6-way power passenger's seat
        4.2-inch instrument cluster
        Remote start

The Redline Edition Appearance Package, Sport Package, Sun and Wheel Package and Leather Package are specific to the LT trim, adding elements like blacked-out styling, rear-spoiler, power sunroof, leather-appointed and heated front seats with Bose premium sound system respectively. The Convenience and Technology Package, Driver Confidence Package I and Driver Confidence Package II are offered from LT trim onwards, offering multiple features like remote vehicle starter system, 8-inch touchscreen, automatic braking, lane keep assists, adaptive cruise control and some more driver-assistance features.

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Engine and Performance


The high-class Premier trim is surprisingly sporty, with excellent handling and a peppy turbocharged engine- Edmunds

The standard engine in the Chevy Malibu is a 1.5L turbo inline-4 engine that is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is good for 160 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque. This engine, while it's acceptable, is installed in probably any Malibu that you have ever rented. The top-end Premier trim is equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 250 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque. As expected, FWD is the standard and AWD drivetrain is not offered even as an option. Sadly, there’s no option for a V6 engine too as found in some of its rivals. 

2018 Chevy Malibu Engine 

A 9-speed automatic transmission is offered on the Premier trim only. The driver enjoys a whoosh of power from nearly any point in the rev range. The 9-speed gearbox is a model of sophistication and refinement except for the silly manual shift rocker switch on the top of the gear shifter. The base engine isn’t fast and one would expect more punch from the engine. The Malibu’s 0 to 60 time of 8.2 seconds and quarter-mile time of 16.4 seconds is more than some of its rivals. The estimated top speed is around 135 mph. The Premier trim does a 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run in 5.9 seconds and 14.4 seconds respectively. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Performance

The Chevy Malibu is a pleasant car to drive. Around city corners, highway ramps, and twisty corners, the Malibu's handling will impress a lot of buyers. At speed on a freeway, the Malibu feels solidly planted, inspiring confidence. GM is doing a great job with its electric steering systems. From the design, size, and shape of the wheel, the Malibu's steering can only be improved by making it a little bit sharper. When driving in town, some people might find the ride quality to be stiff. But for the most part, the Malibu rides well even with 19-inch wheels of the Premier trim. 

Models 2018 Chevrolet Malibu 2018 Ford Fusion 2018 Honda Accord 2018 Hyundai Sonata
MSRP $ 21,680 $ 22,120 $ 23,570 $ 22,485
Engine 1.5L Turbo Inline-4 2.5L Inline-4 1.5L Turbo Inline-4 2.4L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic CVT 6-Speed Automatic
Power 160 hp @ 5,700 RPM 173 hp @ 6,000 RPM 192 hp @ 5,500 RPM 185 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 184 lb-ft. @ 2,500 RPM 175 lb-ft. @ 4,500 rpm 192 lb-ft. @ 1,600 RPM 178 lb-ft. @ 4000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.5 8.9 7.3 7.9
Quarter-Mile (seconds) 16.4 16.6 15.6 16.1
Top Speed (mph) 135 135    

The low curb weight and the punchy engine of the Honda Accord help it to accelerate past its rivals in both performance tests. As expected, the Hyundai Sonata is right at the tail of the Accord. But the heavy curb weight and weak base engine of the Ford Fusion made it the slowest contender in this segment. With a lower curb weight, the Chevrolet Malibu offers a 60-0 mph stopping distance of 117 feet. It is followed by Sonata, Fusion and Accord with 121 feet, 122 feet and 135 feet respectively. 

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Fuel Economy


With the base 1.5-liter engine, you’ll get one of the best fuel economy ratings for a vehicle this size- Cars.USNews

With the base 1.5-liter turbo engine, the 2018 Malibu offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27/36/30 mpg in city/highway/combined driving conditions. The Premier trim with its bigger 2.0-liter turbo engine is EPA-estimated to deliver 22/32/26 mpg in city/highway/combined driving conditions. The start-stop feature offered with the 1.5-liter engine helps in enhancing gas mileage. A combined range of 498 miles is delivered owing to its 15.8-gallon fuel tank while the Premier model with a 2.0-liter engine offers a range of 434 miles only. Therefore, Malibu is one of the best choices for short trips on your weekend.

Models 2018 Chevrolet Malibu 2018 Ford Fusion 2018 Honda Accord 2018 Hyundai Sonata
MPG (City) 27 21 30 25
MPG (Highway) 36 32 38 36
MPG (Combined) 30 25 33 29
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.8 16.5 14.8 18.5
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 427/569/498 347/528/437 444/562/503 463/666/564

The Honda Accord has the best mpg ratings in this segment, courtesy its fuel-efficient engine. The large fuel tank of the Hyundai Sonata helps it to achieve  better driving range in this comparison. On the other hand, the Ford Fusion has the worst mpg figures, though it is not a powerful sedan. The Chevrolet Malibu offers decent gas mileage and driving range, gaining third sport in the comparison with respect to combined driving range. 

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Seat comfort is a strong point in the Malibu- Edmunds

The interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is everything you could ask for in a midsize sedan. The Malibu's cabin has a nice mix of materials and all the areas are softly padded. This five-seater comes standard with cloth upholstery except for the top-end Premier trim that upgrades to perforated leather seats. The front seats are comfortable and are nicely cushioned. The driver's seat is positioned properly with good outward visibility. In the Premier trim, both the front seats are power-adjustable with heated and ventilated functions. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Dashboard

The interior dimensions leave nothing to be desired, considering the comfortable second row legroom. The rear seats are wide and flat and they also supply proper support for long-distance travel. The cloth upholstery is offered in Medium Ash Gray and Jet Black colors. The leather upholstery is offered in Medium Ash Gray, Jet Black and Loft Brown colors. The perforated leather upholstery in the Premier trim is offered in Medium Ash Gray, Jet Black and Loft Brown colors as well.  At 15.8 cubic feet, the Chevy Malibu's trunk is spacious but not the best in the segment. You can fold the back seats down for more storage as well.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Interior (Seating)

The L and LS trims are pretty basic when it comes to interior features. Some features like steering mounted controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver information center, and acoustic laminated windshield are standard. The LT trim adds interior lights in the form of ambient lighting on the instrument panel, front door pads and map pockets, power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar control, and illuminated vanity mirrors. The Premier trim offers dual-zone climate control system, color driver information center, 6-way power-adjustable front passenger’ seat and leather upholstery  

Models 2018 Chevrolet Malibu 2018 Ford Fusion 2018 Honda Accord 2018 Hyundai Sonata
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.1/58.5/42.0 39.2/57.8/44.3 39.5/58.3/42.3 40.4/57.9/45.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/57.1/38.1 37.8/56.9/38.3 37.3/56.5/40.4 38.0/56.5/35.6
Trunk Volume (cu-ft.) 15.8 16.0 16.7 16

When it comes to front-seat comfort, the Hyundai Sonata excels in this field. It offers the best head and legroom in the front row but fails to provide adequate legroom in the rear row. The Honda Accord offers good levels of passenger space in both rows. The Ford Fusion's cabin is as spacious as the Malibu but its interior quality is much better than the Malibu.  The Honda Accord offers the best cargo volume in this competition. Moreover, its trunk has a wide opening, which is not the case with its rivals. Both the Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion have decent cargo capacities for a sedan, leaving behind the Malibu to the last place

2018 Chevrolet Malibu infotainment System

The MyLink infotainment system is an impressive piece of work. A 7-inch touchscreen display is standard from LS trim onwards, while an 8-inch touchscreen is optional. But both have clear, easy-to-use on-screen menus. The system responds quickly to every input and even has features like a built-in 4G Wi-Fi hotspot if you pay for the subscription. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported as well as Chevy's OnStar telematics service except for the base L trim. A standard 6-speaker sound system is good but the sound quality from the 9-speaker Bose premium audio system in the Premier trim is really great. The interface is simple to understand and incorporates minimalism without ruining the user experience.

Some of thev key interior and infotainment features of the 2018 Malibu are:

  • Power front heated & ventilated seats 
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Remote engine start
  • 115V rear power outlet
  • Ambient lighting
  • 7 & 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging
  • 9-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot



Chevy’s Malibu has a look that’s sporty and current- Carfax

The 2018 Malibu looks much like other Chevrolet cars, including the Cruze. In general, it looks a little anonymous and doesn't really push the envelope in terms of styling for a midsize four-door sedan. Upfront, the headlights are halogen throughout the range but LED DRLs and taillights are standard from the LT trim onwards. The Malibu has the lowest ground clearance in this segment but that benefits in smooth and effective handling. A lower curb weight helps with enhanced maneuverability in urban conditions. The exterior colors on offer are Summit White, Pearl Tricoat, Silver Ice Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, Gray Metallic, Cajun Red, Blue Metallic, Velvet Metallic and Black Metallic. 

2018 Chevy Malibu Exterior Dimensions

The Malibu gets 16-inch wheels as standard on the L and LS trims, while 17-inch wheels are standard on the LT trim. The Premier trim gets 18-inch wheels as standard. The 19-inch wheels are optional. With a wheelbase of 111.4 inches, the Malibu is almost on par with most of its rivals. Around the back, the sloping roofline adds a good taste to it. The optional Redline Edition package adds black front & rear bowties, 19-inch gloss black wheels with red hash marks, a blacked-out grille, black Malibu badges with a red outline, and black mirror caps. The available Sun and Wheel Packages add a power sunroof in LT and Premier trims.

Models 2018 Chevrolet Malibu 2018 Ford Fusion 2018 Honda Accord 2018 Hyundai Sonata
Curb Weight 3,086 3,472  3,131  3,250 
Length (in) 193.8 191.7 192.2 191.1
Width (in) 73.0 72.9 73.3 73.4
Height (in) 57.6 58.2 57.1 58.1
Ground Clearance (in) 4.6 5.3  5.8 5.3
Wheelbase (in) 111.4 112.2 111.4 110.4
Track Width (in) F/R 62.6/62.5 62.7/62.4 63/63.4 62.9/63.1

The ground clearance of the Honda Accord is 1.2 inches more than the Malibu. Therefore, you don't have to worry much about its underbody getting scrapped. The heavy curb weight of the Ford Fusion is the sole reason for its sluggish acceleration, while its longer wheelbase helps with improved stability. The Hyundai Sonata's wheelbase is the shortest here and hence, it affects its rear legroom badly. However, a shorter wheelbase helps with improved maneuverability in urban conditions. The lower curb weight of Malibu helps with lower fuel consumption. 

Some of the key exterior features of the 2018 Malibu are mentioned below:

  • Halogen headlights
  • LED DRLs & taillights
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Silver window trim
  • 17, 18 & 19-inch aluminum wheels



The Chevy Malibu does well in crash tests, but it's missing a few safety bits- The Car Connection

The Chevy Malibu received five out of five stars for its safety from NHTSA, which is really good. It also received a great response from IIHS too. The 'Top Safety Pick' award was given to the Malibu for its great crash-test results. This is the second-highest accolade from the agency. However, it received the lowest 'Poor' rating for its headlights. 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS Crash Test

The base L trim does not come with any advanced safety features while the LS trim adds a rearview camera. The LT and Premier models have the option to upgrade to the $1,245 Driver Confidence package that adds a long list of driver assistance features. These features can prevent the risk of an accident and keep the passengers safe. Some of Malibu's rivals offer few driver-assistance features as standard. 

Some of the key safety features of the 2018 Malibu are: 

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Seat Reminder
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking
  • Follow Distance Indicator
  • Teen Driver
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front Pedestrian Braking



2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has the highest starting price in this competition but it certainly deserves it. Although its engine is powerful, it has one of the best fuel economies in this segment. The Accord's interior feels much better than the Malibu and also offers spacious rear seats. Its trunk volume is slightly more than the Malibu. The Accord earns a lot of points in terms of safety as it offers many safety techs as standard. 

2018 Honda Accord

2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Ford Fusion

Although the Ford Fusion's base engine makes more power than the Malibu, its offers lackluster acceleration. Also, this engine displays poor fuel efficiency. Like the Malibu, the Fusion offers decent passenger space and trunk volume but its standard infotainment system is outdated. The Fusion is also a Top Safety Pick from IIHS and comes with a good amount of driver-assist technologies. 

2018 Ford Fusion 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata makes 25 horses more than the Malibu but it isn't as efficient as the Malibu. It also offers a comfortable and gentle ride like the Malibu. Inside, the Sonata offers a great deal of space in the front row but lacks rear legroom. On the positive side, it offers a larger trunk. The Sonata was honored with the 'Top Safety Pick+' award and offers more standard safety features than the Malibu. 

2018 Hyundai Sonata

Final Verdict


In out opinion, there is no real reason to not consider the Chevrolet Malibu. In almost every aspect, it runs right down in the middle of the midsize sedan segment. It is a great option for somebody who needs a roomy midsize car easy to live with. While it might not set the new standard among midsize sedans, the Malibu has proven itself to be affordable, likable and most of all, recommendable. Surely, Chevy's midsize sedan is a good car in terms of fuel economy, driving range, infotainment system and even second row legroom

2018 Chevrolet Malibu 
vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Sedan

engine type

91 cu in

horse power

160 hp @ 5700 rpm


184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm


6-speed shiftable automatic


193.8 in


111.4 in


73 in

curb weight

3152 lbs


57.6 in

Ground Clearance

6 in

passenger volume

102.9 cu ft

cargo volume

15.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

568.8 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Chevrolet Malibu 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,062
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,531$1,265$900$618$242$4,556
Taxes and Fees$2,120$148$180$120$154$2,722
Total Cost-To-Own$15,521$6,213$5,952$6,600$6,776$41,062
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