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- Rear legroom
- Multimedia system
- Ride and handling
- Teen Driver safety monitor
- Gas mileage (hybrid)
- Refined lane departure prevention
- No interior trunk release button
- Cabin materials and design (base and middle trims)
- Road noise
- 2.0-liter engine prefers premium gas
- 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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36 months / 36,000 miles
Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report
Two Factory-Backed Warranties6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
Under 5 years / 75,000 milesVehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.