2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

Base trim shown.


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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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 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


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


The Worst

This is by far the worst vehicle I've purchased, the 2015 was much better. I will not buy from or have work done from OBX Chevrolet ever again!! Done with chevrolet !!!


$525.51 for battery

Loved the car except the battery stopped working at only 24,369 miles. The dealer charged me $525.51 to replace it. I was not sure if it was the battery or alternator. I was assured it was still under warranty and it was not.

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet
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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