2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu
2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

193.8” x 57.6”


Front-wheel drive



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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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: Our expert's take

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.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


Wanted this car so bad, now disappointed w/quality

less than 18,000 miles and the transmission went out. specifically reverse. And while that is the worst problem it has had I'm not happy that the letters were falling off when it was less than 2 years old and the paint job has totally faded in 5 years looking like a car 10 years or older. I have tried almost everything I can think to make it look better short of a new paint job!



STAY AWAY this shut off on me on the highway... not a good investment at all younwill regret it ... tried to get it fixed.. nothing they can do


2017 Chevy Malibu

Over all car is great. I’ve taken it on long trips. To get past the auto stop. Put the car in L and go to 6. It takes some time getting used to ,but it works. By doing this you will save your battery and starter. Car looks awesome detailed too. I get about 28 miles on the highway and around 26 in city. It’s reliable.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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