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2017 Chevrolet Malibu
Select a Different Model (4 Available): 1VL Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 13968
MPG (EPA) 27 CTY /36 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
Horsepower 160@5700
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2017 Chevrolet Malibu MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • 2.0-liter turbo-four offers strong power
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of tech and safety features

You Won't Like

  • Subpar interior quality on lower trim levels
  • Lackluster braking and handling on lower trim levels
  • Some safety features are only available in the Premier grade

New for 2017

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu gets Teen Driver, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay added on the LS and LT models. A new nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the old eight-speed unit on the Premier trim level, which is equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo-four. Three new exterior colors, Arctic Blue Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, and Cajun Red Tintcoat have been added. A new Sport package option is also new but will be available at a later time.

Vehicle Summary

Slotting between the compact Cruze and the full-size Impala, the Chevrolet Malibu is a front-drive midsize sedan that features an all four-cylinder engine lineup and a hybrid. Learn about the Malibu Hybrid here.

Overview

Standard on the 2017 Malibu is a 1.5-liter turbo-four good for 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic. A 2.0-liter turbo-four with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft is available only in the Premier trim and comes paired with a new nine-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy ratings are 27/36 mpg city/highway for the 1.5-liter and 22/33 mpg for the 2.0-liter. Trunk space is generous at 15.8 cubic feet and can be expanded via the split-folding rear seats.

Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system comes in two variants in the 2017 Malibu, a base level one with a seven-inch touchscreen and an upgraded version with navigation and an eight-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in both versions. Other standard and optional features include a rearview camera, a Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start, 4G LTE connectivity, and leather upholstery.

Safety

NHTSA gave the 2017 Malibu a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, a 2016 model received the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ score after it received a Good rating on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score). In the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the Malibu avoided a 12-mph impact and reduced the speed of a 25-mph collision by 24 mph, allowing it to receive a Superior rating (Superior is the highest possible rating).

Available active safety features come as part of the Driver Confidence package and in the Premier grade it can be complemented by the Driver Confidence package II. Features included are automatic forward emergency braking, pedestrian detection, Intellibeam automatic high beam control, front and rear park assist, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, lake keeping assist, following distance indicator, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and semi-automatic parking assist.

What We Think

In a 2016 Malibu 1.5T First Test, we said that with the base engine, the car's performance is middling and the low rolling resistance tires hurt its handling and braking performance. In real-world driving, the tiny turbo-four offers decent power and it rides well. Interior quality on lower trim levels, on the other hand, is lacking especially compared to the more upscale feeling cabins of high trim variants of the Malibu.

In a 2016 First Test, we noted that despite being slightly down on power and torque, the Malibu 2.0T is one of the quicker midsize sedans and retains its comfortable ride even with larger 19-inch alloy wheels. The car's interior is also more spacious than the car it replaces and now has more legroom.

Cool Fact

The Teen Driver feature lets parents limit feature availability and set driving boundaries for their teenage driver.

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2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)
Trim
1VL Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
160@5700
Standard MPG
27/36
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Silver Ice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, OnStar, with Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.230

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.0 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$88 $100

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

$35 $40

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Doors And Instrument Panel Alloy Look On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Dark Atmosphere Cloth with Medium Ash Gray Trim

N/C N/C

Antenna

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P205/65HR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Steel with Wheelcovers

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4