New 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan
Chevrolet Malibu Sedan
With its sleek styling and fantastic features, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu looks to run circles around all comers both foreign and domestic.
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Chevy’s midsize 2018 Malibu sedan has every advantage it needs to take on rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. A class-leading option roster that includes such must-haves as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic parking assist and adaptive cruise control, matches the Malibu’s first-class styling. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedan’s interior is also a thing of beauty, with a brightly colored infotainment display and a back seat built to accommodate two adult-sized occupants. Under its sleek hood, the Malibu offers three engines, including a choice of 1.5- or 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinders or a Volt-derived hybrid setup. Best of all, even with all these features, the 2018 Malibu’s price remains highly competitive.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for a roomy, efficient and sporty family sedan that is also a stunning head-turner, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu tops a very short list of choices. Pick the hybrid model, and you’ll save a bundle on gas.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you’re strong on brand loyalty, prefer the power of a V6 engine or need a sedan that is more conservatively styled, you might be better off in something like a Honda Accord or Nissan Altima. The slightly larger Dodge Charger even offers a V8.
What's New for 2018
Chevrolet’s Malibu midsize family sedan for 2018 sees only minor changes, most notably the addition of a Redline Edition package and a slightly larger fuel tank on the L, LS and LT trims.
Our 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Premium came equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission, and the combination worked quite well. The Malibu moves quickly off the line, aided by a gearshift selector-mounted rocker switch that allows for manual gearshifts. Although the setup works, we’d prefer a nice pair of steering-wheel paddle shifters. 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.
APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO
Complementing the marvelous MyLink touch-screen infotainment system in the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both programs allow a mirror image of the user’s smartphone to be operated via the audio system, which makes life on the road infinitely more enjoyable.
Worried your kids will drive like you did when you first got your license? Fear not. The Malibu’s Teen Driver can help you keep tabs on them by monitoring their speed and where the car has traveled. You can even mute the audio until everyone onboard buckles up.
Even if you don't use CarPlay or Android Auto, you'll appreciate the Chevy MyLink infotainment system's combination of big icons and physical knobs and buttons. It's all part of an interior design that isn't just functional, but is among the best in class from a purely esthetic point, too. The gauges are big and clear, the dash curves and swoops attractively, and it's even easy to see out. The comfortable front seats adjust to virtually any body size, and the rear seats boast enough legroom to seat tall adults, although they might find headroom a little tight.
Chevrolet has managed a difficult task with its family of sedans, somehow imparting a family resemblance on the 2018 Malibu that's immediately shared with the larger Impala and smaller Cruze, but without making small, medium and large versions of the same car. There are subtly sculpted, elegant-looking coves in the front and rear doors, and at the rear the taillights -- LEDs in Premier models -- tie it all together. Higher-end models also get LED daytime running lights, and super-bright HID headlights are available. Wheel sizes range from 16 inches all the way up to the 19-inchers on our test car.
Notable Standard Equipment
While the base Malibu L model offers the basics -- air conditioning, cruise control and an AM/FM radio -- it's a rental-fleet special you should skip. Instead, the 2018 Chevy Malibu lineup really starts at the LS model, which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with USB ports and Bluetooth with its 7-inch MyLink infotainment system. There are also a standard rearview camera and a 6-way-adjustable manual driver's seat. The very good 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder includes stop/start and hill-start assist. On the safety front, there are 10 airbags, plus stability control and OnStar, which automatically dials for help in an accident.
Notable Optional Equipment
There are powertrain choices in the form of the Malibu Hybrid and the 2.0-liter turbo in Premier models. Beyond that, the Malibu offers ever-increasing levels of technology, including available adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, forward-collision alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. There's a 4G LTE-powered Wi-Fi hotspot to help you find your dinner spot, the available on-board navigation system can help you get there, and the Automatic Parking Assist can even help you park when you arrive. And of course there's available leather upholstery, with Premier models offering automatic climate control.
Under the Hood
Standard on 2018 Malibu models from L through LT1 is the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 6-speed automatic. This frugal drivetrain has little problem moving the Malibu, and returns up to 36 mpg on the highway. Premier models get the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which gets the new Malibu moving without hesitation. With the 9-speed automatic transmission, it gets 33 mpg on the highway, easily competitive for the segment. The hybrid combines two electric motors and a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder for a combined 182 horsepower and up to 49 mpg in the city. All the engines run on regular gasoline; premium is recommended for the 2.0-liter but not required.
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
160 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/36 mpg
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
250 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg
122 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,750 rpm
Motor A: 55 kW
Motor B: 76 kW
136 horsepower (electric motors combined)
277 lb-ft of torque (electric motors combined)
182 net horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 49/43 mpg
Prices for the base-level 2018 Chevrolet Malibu L start with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,500, which puts it in the lower end of the midsize-sedan segment. But since you'll probably skip that model, the real-world base model is the 2018 Malibu LS, starting at about $24,100. The Premier, with its 2.0-liter engine and 9-speed automatic, starts just below $32,000, while the Malibu Hybrid starts at about $28,750. Those prices are competitive with, and often slightly less than, comparably equipped midsize sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price calculator to see what others in your area are paying. Unfortunately, while the new car looks great and offers a lot, historically resale value hasn't been one of the Malibu's strengths.
Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews
January 16, 2019
I had no plans of buying a Chevy, but I'm glad I did. I'm very surprised by the finish work and technology. Gas mileage is very close to...
January 14, 2019
I'm a fan of chevy 1.5-liter turbo, zero lag acceleration.
October 29, 2018
Dead reliable so far. Crazy fast for a family car (optional 2.0 Turbo) plus 35 mpg on the road when driven sanely, what more can you...
July 30, 2018
I love this car. Its very comfortable. Theres plenty of room in the back seat. The turbo engine is a nice touch. The trunk is...
Ron & Traci
March 29, 2018
Great car - hybrid avg 46 mpg
We have been looking at this car for a year and decided to trade Cruze RS that was about to run out of warranty . Love the ride and has...
February 12, 2018
at least equal to the best car ever
I selected the car for the looks and the obvious value. It has not disappointed. It is stunning in appearance, handles and rides...
January 01, 2018
Quiet, Comfortable, Sooth & Well Designed
I love the 2017 Chevy Malibu. This is the quietest car I have ever driven. Its so smooth on the highway. The car seems to naturally...
December 30, 2017
We own 2-2016 Malibu Hybrids-Butte Red & Velvet
These cars are the best driving hybrids I have owned after owning 2 others. My wife, who would not drive hybrids, loves the car and...
October 29, 2017
SORRY M3 OWNERS BUT THIS CAN BEAT IT
DROVE THE MAZDA 3, CAMRY, FUSION AND SONATA. SONATA WAS THE CLOSEST IN VALUE SPACE AND FUNCTIONALITY, BUT SOMEHOW THIS MALIBU IS BY FAR...
May 08, 2017
Fantastic car and a bargain
Weve put 7,000 miles on our Malibu 2.0 Premier and love driving it. The seats are comfortable, the technology is cutting-edge, and the...
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