2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

City mpg:
27
Highway mpg:
36

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Malibu L include ECOTEC 1.5L I-4 160hp turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

2018 Chevrolet
Malibu Sedan

Starting at: $21,680

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  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu L

    • MSRP:$26,960
    • GM Discount:$1,891
    • GM Employee Discount Price:$25,069
    • Est. Finance:$326
    • Est. Lease:$297
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    Engine:
    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Mosaic Black Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    6-10009,
    Model Code:
    1ZD69,
    Drive Line:
    Front-wheel Drive,
    Engine Size:
    1.5L
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    Convenience & Technology Package (Remote Vehicle Starter System, Inside Rearview Auto-Dimming Mirror, 120-Volt Power Outlet, Driver Information System w/Color Display, )
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  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT

    • MSRP:$26,960
    • GM Discount:$1,891
    • GM Employee Discount Price:$25,069
    • Est. Finance:$326
    • Est. Lease:$297
    • Instant Deal Here
    Engine:
    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Pepperdust,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    6-10000,
    Model Code:
    1ZD69,
    Drive Line:
    Front-wheel Drive,
    Engine Size:
    1.5L
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    Convenience & Technology Package (Remote Vehicle Starter System, Inside Rearview Auto-Dimming Mirror, 120-Volt Power Outlet, Driver Information System w/Color Display, )
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  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT

    • MSRP:$31,595
    • GM Discount:$2,477
    • GM Employee Discount Price:$29,118
    • Est. Finance:$382
    • Est. Lease:$335
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    Engine:
    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Nightfall Gray Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    6-10042,
    Model Code:
    1ZD69,
    Drive Line:
    Front-wheel Drive,
    Engine Size:
    1.5L
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    Leather Package, Sun and Wheels Package, Driver Confidence Package, Convenience & Technology Package
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  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT

    • MSRP:$27,355
    • GM Discount:$1,941
    • GM Employee Discount Price:$25,414
    • Est. Finance:$331
    • Est. Lease:$301
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    Engine:
    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Cajun Red Tintcoat,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    6-10031,
    Model Code:
    1ZD69,
    Drive Line:
    Front-wheel Drive,
    Engine Size:
    1.5L
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    Convenience & Technology Package (Remote Vehicle Starter System, Inside Rearview Auto-Dimming Mirror, 120-Volt Power Outlet, Driver Information System w/Color Display, )
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  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu LT

    • MSRP:$26,960
    • GM Discount:$1,891
    • GM Employee Discount Price:$25,069
    • Est. Finance:$326
    • Est. Lease:$297
    • Instant Deal Here
    Engine:
    1.5L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Nightfall Gray Metallic,
    Interior Color:
    Jet Black,
    Stock #:
    6-10015,
    Model Code:
    1ZD69,
    Drive Line:
    Front-wheel Drive,
    Engine Size:
    1.5L
    More
    Convenience & Technology Package (Remote Vehicle Starter System, Inside Rearview Auto-Dimming Mirror, 120-Volt Power Outlet, Driver Information System w/Color Display, )
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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/24,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 160hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 73.9mm x 86.4mm (2.91" x 3.40")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,923mm (193.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,463mm (57.6")
  • Wheelbase - 2,830mm (111.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,067mm (42.0")
  • Rear legroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear headroom - 953mm (37.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,374mm (54.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,356mm (53.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,486mm (58.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Passenger volume - 2,914L (102.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 447 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 447 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Compressor - turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 160hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 30mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 27mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 36mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 205/65SR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/65SR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
L 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan L Search New $21,680   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  27 / 36  
LS w/1FL 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS w/1FL Search New $23,225   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  27 / 36  
LS w/1LS 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LS w/1LS Search New $23,225   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  27 / 36  
LT 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LT Search New $25,125   160-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  27 / 36  
Premier 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Premier Search New $30,975   250-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  22 / 32  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Even in base trim, the Malibu feels light and nimble, a pleasure to drive, compared to most midsize sedans. It’s impressively agile.

The 1.5-liter turbo gets by fine, even on long freeway jaunts, with its 163 horsepower. The only time it really works hard is on mountain grades. Even when it’s pushed, the engine stays quiet. The 6-speed automatic upshifts at the right time.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is more powerful and refined. It will satisfy your need for a V6. It accelerates with enthusiasm. It doesn’t have or need driving modes, because the standard fixed calibrations deliver fine performance without fuss.

Among the lightest sedans in the midsize group, Malibu feels firm but well-composed, with its suspension tuned for comfort. There’s a minimal amount of engine drone. Most wind and road noises are suppressed, though rough surfaces might transmit some vibration.

The Malibu Hybrid borrows technology from the Volt, and can briefly run on battery power, but it’s intended to be driven in a conventional manner. It’s quite quick, accelerating to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. And unlike many hybrids, nothing is lost in the sharpness of the handling, from the all-gas model. The steering feels no less vivid.

Walk Around

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At its last redesign, the Malibu got a bit longer and a lot lighter and more rigid. The nose of the then-new Malibu got dropped and stretched. It looks good, with the same design cues as the larger Impala, but with better proportions. In profile, it looks balanced. As a midsize sedan, Malibu is on the small side.

The doors are wide, the windshield pillars are slim, and the rear window and taillights are narrow. From head-on, the Malibu almost looks bold, at least compared to when it was humdrum.

Interior Overview

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Despite a relatively short wheelbase, Malibu is one of the most spacious midsize sedans, enhanced by a thoughtful layout and clever packaging. Back-seat legroom reaches 38.1 inches, close to Impala space.

Displaying understated charm, the cabin features a conventionally styled, relatively low dashboard, expanded toward the corners. The center stack contains a 7.0-inch touchscreen (8.0-inch in Premier). Many owners are likely to welcome the use of control buttons. The driver sits a little lower than in some midsize sedans.

Sound-deadening techniques and active noise cancellation help subdue vibrations, whether from the road or powertrain. Base-level cloth upholstery fails to impress, but upper trim levels are pleasing.

Sensible details include knee-height console padding and substantial seat bolstering. Sufficiently long front-seat bottoms promise good support even for all-day driving.

Back-seat passengers also enjoy good leg support, on a flat floor. Less curvy than some rivals, the Malibu roofline doesn’t cut into headroom. Trunks have 15.8 cubic feet of space (11.6 cubic feet in the Hybrid).

Soft-touch surfaces are plentiful, but interior materials suggest some cost-cutting.

Summary

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The Chevy Malibu delivers composed handling, quiet ride, efficient powertrains, comfortable interior, good value, affordable, spacious for a midsize, 30 mpg with the base 1.5-liter turbo having enough horsepower and torque to be there for you. Putting it that way, it sounds pretty darn good.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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Base L trim level targets fleet buyers. In the showroom, customers can choose a Malibu LS, LT, Premier, or Hybrid, all of which include a rearview camera as standard. All Malibus have 10 airbags.

Malibu L ($21,680) uses the 1.5-liter engine with basic features, six-speaker radio, cruise control, power windows/locks, and 16-inch steel wheels. (All prices are MSRP and do not include $875 destination charge.)

Malibu LS ($23,225) adds a rearview camera, MyLink radio with 7.0-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, OnStar with wife capability, 16-inch alloy wheels, and an acoustic windshield. A Teen Driver feature can track misbehavior of young drivers. Malibu LT ($25,125) comes with 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights, satellite radio, heated power mirrors, and power driver’s seat.

Malibu Premier ($30,975) steps up to the 2.0-liter engine, as well as an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bose nine-speaker premium audio, rear-seat USB charging, power heated/ventilated front seats, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, LED taillights, and 18-inch wheels.

Malibu Hybrid ($27,875) features the gasoline/electric powertrain and is similar to LT trim level, with dual-zone automatic air conditioning and hybrid-specific instrument cluster.