The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu does a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 8.2 seconds and completes a quarter-mile run in 16.4 seconds. However, when equipped with a bigger 2.0-liter turbo engine in the Premier trim, the 0-60 mph run takes 5.9 seconds and a quarter-mile drag takes 14.4 seconds. The 1.5-liter turbo engine offers 163 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The bigger 2.0-liter turbo engine offers 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Clearly, the L, LS and LT trims are biased towards better gas mileage than performance. The Premier trim offers better performance and creature comforts too. The top speed of the trims with the 1.5-liter engine is 135 mph. 

2018 Chevy Malibu 0 to 60

All the trims are mated to an automatic transmission. In comparison, the 2022 Malibu does a 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and a quarter mile takes 16.0 seconds. The 2022 Malibu Premier takes 5.8 seconds and 14.3 seconds for the 0-60 sprint and quarter-mile run respectively. Some rivals like Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata offer better acceleration in terms of 0 to 60, while quarter-mile times are nearly the same for all. The Accord and Sonata can sprint 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds and 7.9 seconds respectively.

The base engine offered on the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is a 1.5-liter Turbo Gas I4 that makes 160 hp @ 5700 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic. Equipped with this engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu takes 6.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and achieves the quarter-mile in - seconds.

Another engine available here is a 2-liter Turbo Gas I4 that makes 250 hp @ 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm. It is mated to a 9-Speed Automatic. Powered by this engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu takes only 6.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and covers the quarter-mile run in - seconds.

Finally, the 1.5-liter I4 here is the final engine on offer. Mated to a 6-Speed Automatic, this engine generates 160 hp @ 5700 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm. Powered by this engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu achieves a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds, while maintaining a - seconds quarter-mile time.

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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6.3 sec

2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (70 - 0 MPH)Braking (60 - 0 MPH)
2018 Ford Fusion5.3 sec----
2018 Subaru WRX5.2 - 5.5 sec----
2018 Honda Civic5.8 sec----
2018 Acura TLX5.7 - 6 sec14.5 sec126 mph-118 ft.
2018 Audi A45.1 - 7 sec13.8 sec130 mph152 ft.-
2018 Nissan Maxima6.1 sec----
2018 Chevrolet Impala6.1 - 6.2 sec----
2018 Chevrolet Malibu6.3 sec----
2018 Ford Focus6.3 sec----
2018 Honda Civic Si6.3 sec----
2018 Hyundai Elantra6.3 sec----
2018 Honda Accord5.5 - 7.6 sec----
2018 Acura ILX6.6 sec----
2018 Kia Optima6.8 sec----
2018 Mazda 66.4 - 7.2 sec----
2018 Toyota Camry5.8 - 7.9 sec----
2018 Mazda 37 - 7.2 sec----
2018 Volkswagen Passat5.9 - 8.4 sec----
2018 Hyundai Sonata6.8 - 7.9 sec15.8 - 16.1 sec123 mph-120 ft.
2018 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan7.8 sec----
2018 Volkswagen Jetta8.2 sec----
2018 Chevrolet Cruze8.4 sec----
2018 Nissan Sentra7 - 10.4 sec----
2018 Subaru Impreza8.8 sec----
2018 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan8.9 sec----
2018 Toyota Corolla9.9 - 12 sec----

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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6.3 sec
Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
5.7 sec

2017 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (60 - 0 MPH)
2017 Toyota Camry5.8 - 8.5 sec---
2017 Honda Civic5.8 sec---
2017 Ford Focus6.3 sec---
2017 Volkswagen Passat8.4 sec---
2017 Volkswagen Jetta7.7 - 8.2 sec---
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer8 - 8.2 sec---
2017 Buick Regal Sedan6.3 sec---
2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan7.8 - 8.9 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Impala6.2 sec---
2017 Hyundai Elantra6.3 - 8.3 sec---
2017 Subaru Impreza8.4 - 9 sec---
2017 Toyota Corolla9.5 - 12 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan8 - 8.4 sec---
2017 Ford Fusion5.1 - 5.3 sec---
2017 Honda Civic Si6.3 - 6.4 sec---
2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan7.9 - 8.9 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan7.4 sec---
2017 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan11.1 sec---
2017 Mazda 36.8 - 7.2 sec---
2017 Subaru WRX5.2 sec---
2017 Honda Accord5.7 sec14.7 sec155 mph135 ft.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze8.4 sec---
2017 Kia Optima6.8 sec---
2017 Nissan Sentra10.4 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Malibu5.7 - 6.3 sec---
2017 Hyundai Sonata6.8 sec---
2017 Nissan Altima8 sec---

2016 Chevrolet Malibu 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
6.1 sec
LT w/2LT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
+2 More
8.1 sec
LT w/1LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
8 sec

2016 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPH
2016 Ford Fusion9.5 sec
2016 Kia Optima6.8 - 9.1 sec
2016 Nissan Maxima5.7 - 7 sec
2016 Chevrolet Malibu6.1 - 8.1 sec
2016 Hyundai Sonata7.2 - 10.2 sec
2016 Subaru Legacy6.6 - 8.9 sec
2016 Honda Accord5.8 - 7.6 sec
2016 Chrysler 2007.5 sec
2016 Hyundai Azera6.2 - 7.8 sec
2016 Nissan Altima7.3 - 8.2 sec
2016 Toyota Camry7.1 - 8 sec
2016 Mazda 67 - 7.4 sec
2016 Honda Civic6.8 - 8.6 sec
2016 Volkswagen CC6.1 - 8.1 sec
2016 Volkswagen Passat5.7 - 8 sec
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