22 city, 32 highway, 26 combined
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Driving: Whether you want maximum fuel economy, a mix of power and efficiency or a satisfying dollop of speed, the Malibu covers it. The standard turbo four-cylinder generates a meager 160 horsepower, but its low-end torque is useful for short bursts of power in everyday driving. The optional turbo four-cylinder upgrade makes 250-hp and can dash from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The Hybrid is the underrated hero, however. It’s surprisingly quick, smooth and returns an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.
Interior: The Malibu’s interior quality is a highlight of both the car and the class. Even the standard upholstery feels a notch above average, while the soft-touch surfaces, metal accents and weighty buttons and switches feel more like entry-level luxury than mainstream economy sedan. Sleek, sporty gauges, a tablet-style touchscreen, and flowing dash design all contribute to the Malibu’s modern feel.
Comfort: Ample sound insulation helps keep outside noise out of the Malibu, while rear seat legroom expands compared to the previous-generation car. A longer wheelbase helps open up more of the backseat, which can comfortably accommodate two tall passengers, but it also contributes to the 2018 Malibu’s more lively handling feel and overall ride comfort.
Transmissions: The Malibu’s balky automatic transmissions — six-speed for the base engine, nine-speed for the upgraded turbo — often feel sluggish or clumsy, with rough downshifts while slowing, or lurching just before stops. The hybrid has an advantage here, its seamless electric motor and transaxle helping make for smooth slowing or stops, especially in city traffic.
3.8 out of 516 customer reviews
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.View RepairPal's full rating of the Chevrolet Malibu
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 42"/R 38.1"
F 39.1"/R 37.5"
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The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Chevrolet Malibu received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Chevrolet Malibu as 9 out of 28 among Midsize Car
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