2018 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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A solid effort, the Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid contender in the crowded mid-size sedan class.

It stands out for its attractive styling, refined demeanor, and efficient hybrid powertrain, but we wish that its high-tech safety equipment didn’t require ponying up quite so much cash for a loaded model. Overall, we’ve assigned it a 7.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

For 2018, Chevy has only mildly tweaked the Malibu for this generation’s third model year. A new paint color and a Redline special appearance package are the big news, although Malibu L, LS, and LT models have a slightly larger fuel tank as well.

The latest Malibu’s tidy looks outside are complemented by a clean, roomy, and well-arranged interior that pairs a bright 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the fleet-oriented Malibu L. That bargain basement model is mostly marketed to rental car firms and corporate users and not retail buyers.

Under most Malibu hoods sits a choice of 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo-4 engines, both mated to automatic transmissions. Unlike a couple of rivals, the Malibu is front-wheel drive-only. At around 3,100 pounds, it’s among the lightest mid-size sedans, which helps it feel more nimble and sporty—although the Malibu is more about relaxed cruising than it is tearing up a race track.

The ace up the Malibu’s tailored sleeve is its optional hybrid powertrain. It pairs a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder to a 1.5-kwh lithium-ion battery pack that lets it run up to 55 mph on electricity alone and earns it an impressive 48 mpg combined.

A wide range of Malibus are on offer: L, LS, LT, and Premium variants that run the gamut from spartan to encroaching-on-Cadillac territory. All models perform well in crash testing and two versions of automatic emergency braking are available on LT and Premium models.

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January 8, 2017
For 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

2009 Malibuwas not made to last, 34,000 miles and trans went , brakes went , door locks don't work.

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The cars are junk. I have had nothing but trouble with this car. Trans went bad, brakes don't last , door locks don't work.
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November 9, 2016
2017 Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT

Geat family car at a great price

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Great family car at a great price. Good interior great looks awesome ride great comfort features a very safe ride really like the car.
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September 6, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT

Love the Car

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I am leasing a 2016 Malibu. I love the car. I like the body redesign. It rides smooth and the features are easy to use and intuitive. The engine is a 1.5 Liter Turbo. If you put five people in the car and... + More »
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October 5, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS

Can't go wrong with the Chevy Malibu

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I purchased my 2014 Chevy Malibu in July of 2014. I was madly in love with my 2002 Chevrolet impala with had almost 195,000 when I sold it. I desired a vehicle that was as smooth riding as my Impala. With the... + More »
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April 26, 2017
For 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Our 2015 is not as comfortable as our 2002 was; bump head getting in and out.

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Too low to the ground on the outside grill work. Less visibility than our 2002. Constantly bump our heads getting in and out of the car. I'm short and cannot get the driver's seat close enough to the pedals to... + More »
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April 6, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS

Very underrated

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My experience with 2015 Malibu after 20k km's (or 13k miles) has been positive. I think this is a very under-appreciated car, particularly given the hype about 2016 model and current pricing. I actually love... + More »
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April 20, 2015
For 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Fantastic value

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This automobile is equal to ones worth three times the sale price. Malibu is a great looking car with unbelievable fuel mileage. The interior is expansive, and seats comfortable.
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April 24, 2015
2014 Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT

I've worked at dealerships and driven many cars, my Chevrolet Malibu is the best. I feel like a queen when I'm in the drivers' seat.

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I love my Malibu LT! The auto stop feature is great in traffic, and I don't mind altering my stops as to kick it in. The a/c is cold, the heater is hot, the circulation is very good. The info center is easy to... + More »
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April 16, 2015
For 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Absoltely loathe my Malibu

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Averages 23 mpg. 36 is advertised and only possible if going down hill all day long. The brake assist that down shifts for you helps erode the mpg as well. try to coast when gaining on someone and you feel the... + More »
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October 24, 2015
2013 Chevrolet Malibu 4-Door Sedan ECO w/2SA

nice riding car, great mileage, wish access & egress were easier to perform - low roof line!

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Great fuel economy, nice ride, could use an inch or two more of access on front seats - getting in and getting out.
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