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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Sporty handling
  • Quick hybrid acceleration
  • Responsive and user-friendly touchscreen

Cons

  • Mediocre base engine acceleration
  • Clumsy transmission at low speeds
  • Sparsely equipped base trim
  • Touchscreen prone to glare and smudging

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 33 highway, 26 combined

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Quiet, composed 2017 Chevrolet Malibu checks family sedan boxes

After a comprehensive overhaul only a year before, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu rolled over with only a handful of changes. Chevy simplified trim levels and discontinued the feature-laden 2LT, then added a nine-speed automatic transmission to the top Premier trim. But the Malibu didn’t need wholesale changes. Most were addressed in 2016, including a streamlined new look, a roomier rear seat, and an array of tech upgrades. Three engine choices and reinvigorated handling also woke the Malibu from its last-generation slumber.

The changes helped lift the Malibu back into the conversation with midsize sedan benchmarks like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. And even though it lacks some polish or the reputation for long-term reliability of those rivals, the Malibu offers a uniquely Chevrolet take on the modern midsize sedan: Quiet, composed, roomy and powerful. That last bit might be a stretch as the Malibu tops out at 250 horsepower. But even in Hybrid trim, the Malibu is eager to accelerate and has no trouble keeping up with the highway rabble.

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What is new for the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

  • Rear Spoiler features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The LS trim now comes with Auxiliary Audio Input as standard equipment.
  • The LT trim now comes with Cloth Seats as standard equipment.
  • The Premier trim now comes with Android Auto as standard equipment.

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What We Like

Driving: With three powertrains, the Malibu offers performance, efficiency and maximum fuel economy, depending on your needs. The standard four-cylinder pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission, and while power is meager at just 160 hp, low-end torque makes for effortless passing or climbing grades. An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is only available with the Premier trim, while the Malibu Hybrid is surprisingly quick, covering zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, while returning an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.

Interior: Traditionally, the Malibu has offered cabin quality and feel that punches above its weight. Premium upholstery and materials, soft-touch surfaces, metal accents and weighty controls and switches make the Malibu feel closer to an entry-level luxury car than a midsize economy sedan. The 2017 Malibu builds on that tradition with sleek, sporty gauges and a flowing dash design. A tablet-style touchscreen seamlessly blends into the dash and doesn’t look out of place today despite its age.

Comfort: The Malibu interior is all about quiet comfort, with ample sound insulation to muffle outside noise. The 2017 Malibu’s wheelbase is longer than the previous-generation car, adding enough rear seat legroom for tall passengers, but also contributing a smooth, composed ride and lively handling. Front seats are also firm, spacious and supportive.

What Needs Improvement

Transmissions: While the choice of engines in the 2017 Malibu is just fine, we wish we could say the same for the transmissions. Whether you choose the base engine with its six-speed automatic, or the more powerful 2.0-liter engine with its nine-speed, the transmissions feel sluggish to respond, clumsily downshift when slowing, and lurch just before a stop. The hybrid has an advantage here, with the seamless electric motor taking over at slow city speeds or when rolling to a stop.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a good car for the price. It is comfortable, has good gas mileage, and is roomy.
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RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Malibu an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Chevrolet Malibu 10th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Chevrolet Malibu features and specs

L 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.5L

Horsepower

160

Torque (ft-lbs)

184

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

13

Wheelbase

111.4"

Overall length

193.8"

Width

73"

Height

57.6"

Leg room

F 42"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 39.1"/R 37.5"

Front tires

P205/65R16

Rear tires

P205/65R16

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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