2017 Chevrolet Malibu

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

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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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Road Test

by Jennifer Geiger

Editor's note: This review was written in January 2016 about the 2016 Malibu. New for 2017, a new nine-speed automatic transmission is ... Read More

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Good starter car

by Ari23 from Tomball, Tx on October 18, 2018

Just bought this used 207 Chevy Malibu. Was previously a rental car so it was pretty well maintained. Had 41k miles. My only problems with it is that the autostop engine feature doe not have a ... Read full review

(5.0)

A Cadillac with Chevy Badging !

by SNM from Norwalk Ohio on August 8, 2018

Our new Chevy Malibu Premier is the nicest car we have ever owned. It has all of the features that you would expect to find in a new Cadillac ATS or CTS. From the navigation systems to the cell phone ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 2 recalls

IIHS 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
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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

Manufacturer Warranties

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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 warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* 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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