2018 Chevrolet Malibu

 
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
 
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
 

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP 
$22,555
Invoice 
$22,880
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.5L Turbo Gas I4, 160 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • 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 Basic Plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Trial Service including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes) (Fleet orders receive a 6-month trial. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
    • Rear seat reminder
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, Black
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel with cover
    • Tires, P205/65R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, spare, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
    • Tire, compact spare, T125/80R16
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Headlamps, halogen
    • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, manual-folding
  • Interior Features
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Assist handle, front passenger
    • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp, dual reading lamps and illuminated truck area
    • Trunk cargo anchors
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Air filter, cabin
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Keyless start
    • Passive Entry System includes Remote Keyless Entry, extended range
    • Windows, power with Express-Down on all
    • Door locks, power programmable
    • Remote panic alarm
    • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
    • Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
    • Warning indicator, front passenger safety belt
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel, 3-spoke
    • Floor mats, carpeted rear
    • Floor mats, carpeted front
    • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
    • Armrest, rear center with cupholders
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual
    • Seats, front bucket
  • Mechanical Features
    • 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

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.8
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LFV
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.5L/91
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 160 @ 5700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 2500-3000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 193.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.0
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 102.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.0
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 36
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.8
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.8
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Malibu
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Four-Link
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - R83
    • Rear Tire Order Code - R83
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZAM
    • Front Tire Size - P205/65R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/65R16
    • Spare Tire Size - T125/80R16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MNH
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.45
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - .075
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.23
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Midsize Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3086
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 16"
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Photos & Colors

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  • Silver Ice Metallic Summit White
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  • Summit White

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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 Impressions

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.

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