At the heart of the Chevrolet Malibu are a pair of efficient, turbocharged engines. The base engine is a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit that produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, power is routed through a 6-speed automatic to the front wheels. The optional drivetrain for the Malibu is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder making a healthy 250 horsepower connected to a 9-speed automatic, again powering the front wheels. Acceleration with either engine feels plenty fast, thanks in large part to the weight loss the model went through with its redesign.
An intriguing option on the 2018 Malibu is a hybrid drivetrain, which boasts mileage numbers of 45 mpg highway and 48 mpg in the city. The hybrid drivetrain combines a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors, for a total of 182 horsepower and the ability to drive on electricity alone at speeds up to 55 mph.
The Malibu is available in four trim levels: L, LS, LT and Premier. The base L model is far from a bare-bones sedan, featuring most of the amenities one would expect from a mid-sized car. Standard features across the entire Malibu line include remote keyless entry, power, programmable door locks, a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity for phones, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, OnStar navigation with a 6-month subscription, an anti-theft system, keyless start and a hill-start assist system.
LS models add 16-inch aluminum wheels, a rearview camera, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and 7-inch touchscreen, 4G LTE connectivity with WiFi capability, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB port for the stereo.
The LT equipment package improves on the LS by adding a bevy of standard features, including LED daytime running lights, heated power adjustable outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, 17-inch aluminum wheels, SiriusXM Satellite radio, improved interior lighting, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and express up/down control for the driver's window.
The top-of-the-line Premier is powered by the 2.0L turbocharged engine and adds some extra bling to the exterior, with chrome door handles, LED tail lights, 19-inch aluminum wheels and bright sill plates. The premium feel carries over to the interior with drivers being greeted by leather seating surfaces, a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable, heated and cooled front seats, an 8-inch color touchscreen display controlling a 9-speaker Bose sound system, dual-zone, automatic climate control, a wireless charger for phones and a rear seat USB port.
The Malibu Hybrid is equipped largely like the LT and adds an electronic parking brake and dual-zone automatic climate control.
A Sport Package adds 18-inch alloys and all-season low-profile tires, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter inside. The Premier Sun and Wheel Package includes a power sunroof and Universal Home Remote.
Comfortable, Spacious Interior
Improved Fuel Economy
Available Hybrid Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Malibu enters into 2018 essentially unchanged. A new Redline appearance package is available with 19-inch wheels and a blacked out grill, while several new exterior colors are also new for 2018.
The Chevrolet Malibu is a full-sized sedan that competes with both mid-sized cars such as the Toyota Camry, as well as several entry-level luxury cars. The Malibu has always featured a comfortable interior with plenty of room for an American-sized buying public, and this year is no different. The Malibu's wheelbase allows for plenty of space, and reduced weight over its predecessor aids in improved handling, fuel economy and acceleration. Adding further value is the fact that the Malibu is available with a hybrid drivetrain, pushing mileage well into the 40 mpg range. Prices start at around $21,500.
Engine, 1.5L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder DI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (160 hp [119.3 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 184 lb-ft torque [248.4 N-m] @ 2500-3000 rpm)
Transmission, 6-speed automatic
Engine control, stop-start system
Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio
Front wheel drive
Suspension, front MacPherson strut
Suspension, rear 4-link, independent
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Brake rotors, Duralife
Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance
Brake, parking, manual
Fueling system, capless
Fuel door, push open
Tool kit, road emergency
Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum (Built out for 2018MY.)
Tires, P225/55R17 all-season, blackwall
Wheel, spare, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
Tire, compact spare, T125/80R16
Headlamp control, automatic on and off
Glass, acoustic, laminated, windshield and front side windows
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2018 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
Chevrolet 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first); EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
Seats, front bucket
Seat adjuster, 8-way power driver
Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
Seat adjuster, power driver lumbar control
Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
Armrest, rear center with cupholders
Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
Floor mats, carpeted front
Floor mats, carpeted rear
Steering wheel, 3-spoke
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
Warning indicator, front passenger safety belt
Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
Remote panic alarm
Door locks, power programmable
Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
Windows, power with Express-Down on all
Passive Entry System includes Remote Keyless Entry, extended range
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Temperature display, outside
Air conditioning, single-zone manual
Vent, rear console
Air filter, cabin
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
Assist handle, front passenger
Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp, dual reading lamps and illuminated truck area
Lighting, interior, ambient instrument panel light pipe, front doors pad and map pocket light pipe, and door handle release on all doors
StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
Daytime Running Lamps, LED
Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
Rear Vision Camera
Rear seat reminder
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
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