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The midsize Chevrolet Malibu sedan is a constantly evolving classic, blending contemporary styling, civilized road manners, quality construction and a comfortable interior.

The Malibu is offered in four trim levels - L, LS, LT and Premier. Power is supplied by either a 160-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ecotec engine with auto stop/start technology, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, paired with a nine-speed automatic. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: 19-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated/ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. Every Malibu (except L) stays connected with a Chevrolet MyLink radio, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth streaming audio, 4G and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and smartphone integration; wireless device charging is also available. Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability/traction control systems and OnStar, as well as ten airbags; other available technologies include a rearview camera, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Teen Driver mode.

The Chevrolet Malibu carries over unchanged for 2018.

Introduction

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is on the third year of its generation.It was redesigned for 2016 to bring substantially improved handling and road manners.Malibu is relatively small on the outside but space efficient on the inside.

The 2018 Malibu gets an appearance package called Redline, but otherwise it's unchanged.

The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo four making 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, working with a 6-speed automatic.The 1.5-liter gets 30 miles per gallon combined, the 2.0-liter gets 26 mpg, and the hybrid gets 46 mpg.

The stronger engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and feels like a V6.It's mated to a 9-speed automatic.

There's also a Malibu Hybrid, with a 1.8-liter engine making 182 horsepower, tied or wired to two electric motors with a battery pack.

Malibu gets five stars in crash testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Top Safety Pick award.

There are quite a few active safety features available in the top models.Malibu's systems work in a manner that might be described as subtle and firm.Not all such systems are the same, some seem to be always snatching at you and scolding you.

A Front Pedestrian Alert can identify pedestrians ahead, and brake automatically.Adaptive cruise control works with front automatic braking.Also offered are blind-spot monitoring with lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and active lane keep with lane-departure warning.Front and rear parking sensors are available, as is automatic parking assist.

Lineup

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.

Walkaround

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

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.

Driving Impression

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.

Summary

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.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimColoured
Center console trimColoured
Dash trimCloth
Dash trimCloth
Door trimColoured
Door trimColoured
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, remote engine start
Overhead consoleMini
Power steeringElectric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).29 cD
Front Head Room993 mm
Front Hip Room1,374 mm
Front Leg Room1,067 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,486 mm
Front track1,590 mm
Overall height1,463 mm
Overall Length4,923 mm
Overall Width1,854 mm
Rear Head Room952 mm
Rear Hip Room1,356 mm
Rear Leg Room968 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,450 mm
Rear track1,588 mm
Wheelbase2,830 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Height AdjustableManual
Height AdjustableManual
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Manual Adjustments6
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.23
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Compressor TypeTurbo
Cylinders4
Displacement91 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power160 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,700 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,500 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size1.5 L
Torque250 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
GrilleBody-coloured w/chrome surround
GrilleChrome
Fuel Consumption
City8.8 L/100 km
Combined7.8L/100 km
Highway6.5 L/100 km
Header
CompressorTurbo
Compressor Type - VATurbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Height adjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile65
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place447 L
Curb weight1,407 kg
EPA interior volume2,314 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Max cargo capacity447 L
Towing Capacity454 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD-MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Malibu excl. 1VL
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Malibu excl. 1VL
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Malibu excl. 1VL
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Lease Cash (GFC)
Malibu (non-L)
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Malibu (non-L)
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Malibu Impala LaCrosse Conquest Program
Malibu excl. 1VL
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Malibu excl. 1VL
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Malibu excl. 1VL
$500 May 31, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Malibu (non-L)
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Malibu (non-L)
0% 0% 0% 0% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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