2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

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The good:

  • Rear legroom
  • Multimedia system
  • Ride and handling
  • 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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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Chevrolet Malibu trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Redline Edition available
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay connectivity on most trims
  • Nine-speed automatic on Premier trim
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Teen Driver monitoring system available

2018 Chevrolet Malibu review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan was redesigned for 2016 with a smoother look and a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase that created more rear-seat room. Power comes from either a turbocharged 1.5- or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; a hybrid model is also available. The Malibu competes with mid-size family sedans such as the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.

(Skip to details on the Malibu Hybrid)

A new Redline Edition for LT trim levels includes black Bow Tie emblems, a black nameplate badge with a red outline, 19-inch black-aluminum wheels with red accents, a blacked-out grille and black side mirror accents.

Malibu Hybrid

The Malibu Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined. Previous generations of the Malibu offered only a mild-hybrid system that provided modest fuel-economy benefits.

The Malibu Hybrid comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection, a two-motor hybrid system, a continuously variable automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack. The system can operate in electric-only mode up to 55 mph, according to Chevrolet. The battery location in the trunk reduces cargo volume to 11.6 cubic feet from 15.8.

What’s Special

  • Exhaust gas heat recovery for consistent fuel economy
  • LED daytime running lights
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required)

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


The 2018 Chevy Malibu, excellent vehicle! Love it!

I have owned BMW, Jeep, and GMC, I decided I didn't want to pay $60,000 plus for a vehicle anymore, I'm over it, lol, so I bought a 2018 Malibu Redline and I have to say...hands down my favorite vehicle I've ever owned! I constantly get compliments when I'm at the gas station on what a great looking car it is. I have the Redline pkg and blacked out the windows, it does look great! I love all the extras they put in the Malibu, drive asst, backup cameras, info center....etc. I have never had a problem, it's never let me down! A simple recall, easy fix, is all. This car is so comfortable, we travel a lot! I would highly recommend this vehicle!



Many issues with this car. Filling car with gas takes forever. Gas flow has to be very slow even then fuel handle will still pop off very annoying. Check engine light on after 15,000 miles taken in to Chevy and 1 mile down the road check engine light back on again, engine power reduced light turns on often sometimes reduced power happens & sometimes it doesn't. 2 of the times power was reduced it nearly caused a very tragic accident 1 time barely missed a t-bone collision on side where my 9 year old was sitting. Most fearful moment in my life. On 2 occasions I was locked out of vehicle doors would not unlock. After a few hours the car unlocked the doors on its own. I live in Yuma temp reaches 120 & higher. Being locked out of car for no reason was horrible. Occurs randomly sometimes it often sometimes its once in a while car won't register its in park. Shifter is in park but it doesn't register so car will not turn off. Its very annoying. Also has glitches with the electric system phone connecting etc. I use to be able to tell the car to call a contact but that feature no longer works. My dome light only works if i use the switch. It no longer turns on when door is open. It sucks trying too gather all your things when getting out of car at night. I tried everything to get the dome light to work when door is open been unsuccessful. 5 times car has just shut off. 4 out of the 5 times it stalled when I went to accelerate when light turned green. Then it takes about 10 seconds or more to start back up again. Also sometimes gas mileage is good then sometimes its not and sucks it down fast. Interior may look nice but the quality of it is very poor. All the silver lining is made out of a thin plastic & starts to chip away after a couple years. Looks like crap. Car is hard to get out of. Visibility is poor. Car has blind spots all around you. I have read numerous reviews from many owners complaining about the issues above. Do not purchase a 2018 Chevy Malibu you will live to regret it. Any good reviews you read are most likely from owners that hadn't had the car for very long. The car is a mess and Chevy doesn't care. Most important THE REDUCED POWER ISSUE VERY DANGEROUS. YOU ARE AT RISK FOR A DEADLY ACCIDENT!!!


Bought at Big City Cars Great

I test drove a few Malibu and this one had new tires low miles and was exceptionally clean Drives Great and happy with my purchase

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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
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 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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