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2017 Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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$5,256 — $31,332 USED
5 Seats
26-30 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Rear legroom
  • Multimedia system
  • Ride and handling
  • Teen Driver safety monitor
  • Gas mileage (hybrid)
  • Refined lane departure prevention

The Bad

  • No interior trunk release button
  • Cabin materials and design (base and middle trims)
  • Road noise
  • 2.0-liter engine prefers premium gas
2017 Chevrolet Malibu exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity on most trims
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission on Premier trim
  • New Sport Package available
  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Teen Driver monitoring system available

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a five-seat mid-size sedan that competes with the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. Trim levels include the Malibu L, LS, LT and Premier. A hybrid model is also available, covered separately.

What's New on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The most notable update for the 2017 Malibu is a new nine-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on the Premier trim level, replacing an eight-speed. (Lower trim levels retain a six-speed automatic.) The LS and LT trim levels add standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity and the Teen Driver safety monitoring system. A new Sport Package includes a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Compare to Other Sedans?

Since the 2016 redesign, the Malibu is a much stronger competitor than it had been for many years. It trumps the Camry and Accord in style and powertrain refinement.

What Features in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Are Most Important?

The Malibu is powered by a standard 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine working with a six-speed automatic transmission or an optional 250-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic. All Malibus are front-wheel drive. Significant standard features include cruise control, keyless access with push-button start, air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and phone controls, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. As required in all new cars, Malibus include front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a backup camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel, MyLink touchscreen multimedia system, a navigation system, wireless smartphone charging, Teen Driver safety monitor and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required).

Should I Buy the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The Malibu is a better choice for shoppers who value backseat legroom, good ride and handling, and a well-executed multimedia system. If you're sensitive to road noise, however, the car can be a bit loud, and some consumers are put off by the 2.0-liter engine's preference for premium gas.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content. departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

279 reviews — Read All reviews
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Many warranty issues

by Jaybird from Rockaway, New Jersey on June 8, 2021

While I’m mostly happy with my car, there have been so many warranty problems with this car I wouldn’t buy another Chevrolet. The dealer was not very helpful Read full review



by Von Dallas from JACKSONVILLE on May 30, 2021

They need too do a recall order on all the malibus and there engine power loss that slows the car down cause all of them do it Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Chevrolet Malibu L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Lower Leg/Foot
Overall Evaluation
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
Structure and Safety Cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2017 Malibu Stories

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Malibu received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system


Infant seat


Forward-facing convertible

(second row)


Rear-facing convertible



(second row)

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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