2018 Chevrolet Malibu Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $22,555 | Price yours
Above Average: Fashion-model good looks, Cambridge-quality road manners, and a fulfilling brunch of impressive equipment
Below Average: Fuel economy, rear-seat ingress/egress, and reputation
Consensus: Like an oyster, the Chevrolet Malibu has never been better than it is right now, and it's got pearls galore
Quiet, Roomy and Comfortable, the Malibu is Worth Another Look
Treated to stylish sheetmetal and a top-notch options list, the Chevy Malibu is a compelling alternative to midsize staples like the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima. There are appealing technologies such as built-in internet connectivity, while the powertrain lineup includes a hybrid system rated to deliver up to 49 mpg. Heavy hitters like the sportier Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are all-new for 2018, but the Malibu has the ride comfort and roomy cabin to keep it a strong contender.
Driving in Malibu
From our full review of the 2018 Malibu: "The Malibu’s steering is nicely weighted and direct, delivering good feedback. Our Malibu’s big 19-inch wheel/tire setup should have made for a jarring ride, but happily this was not the case. We credit the well-sorted suspension that absorbs bumps and road distortions as easily as it tackles tight corners and rapid lane changes. While the Malibu’s driving dynamics are not quite up to the standards set by the Mazda6, it certainly feels livelier than the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata."
KBB.com visitor and Malibu owner Dan had this to say about Chevrolet's midsize sedan: "I like this Malibu a lot. The updated styling looks great and the ride is very comfortable. It has a lot of perks for the money. Lots of room front, back and trunk. I get 31-32 MPG. The only thing that I would change is the size of the fuel tank. It should have much more capacity for a car of this size. Even with the good mileage, fill ups are way too frequent." Read more Chevrolet Malibu consumer reviews.
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The 2018 Chevy Malibu offers built-in 4G LTE internet connectivity, keeping the car connected and allowing it to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, which make it easier to leverage the capabilities of your smartphone while driving. There’s also a Teen Driver feature that gives warnings when the car goes over preset speeds and mutes the audio system when seat belts aren't being worn.
Hybrid, With Help from Volt
The Malibu's hybrid option uses technology from the Chevy Volt to provide EPA estimated fuel economy of 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. The Malibu Hybrid isn’t a plug-in like the Volt, but it uses the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and 2-motor drive unit, good for 182 total horsepower.
Build and Price
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu has a starting sticker price of over $22,000 and tops out at just above $37,000 for a fully loaded Premier. Build and price your own 2018 Chevrolet Malibu to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Awards and Accolades
Not only was the current-generation Chevrolet Malibu one of our Best Family Sedans of 2017, but it was also one of our 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000 and one of our 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000. The Malibu Hybrid was one of our 10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $40,000.
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Photo Gallery: Exterior, Interior and Details
Video: Chevrolet Malibu Review and Road Test
The Chevy Malibu was completely redesigned last year, with more stylish sheetmetal and a roomier rear seat negating the outgoing model’s two biggest competitive disadvantages. Appealing technologies include built-in internet connectivity, while the powertrain lineup includes a hybrid system rated to deliver up to 49 mpg. Models with the 2.0-liter turbo engine get a 9-speed automatic for 2017. Segment staples Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have yet one more viable competitor.
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