2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    160-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

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New for 2018

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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Vehicle Overview

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)

New for 2018

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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Latest 2018 Malibu Stories

Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love it!

by Mel from Shreveport Louisiana on October 19, 2018

We think the world of this vehicle it's very pretty, drive very easy, like the color, it's small all of my family members like it. Read full review

(5.0)

Absolutely love the sleekness and style

by Kristle from Atlanta, GA on October 17, 2018

The interior is very sleek and stunning. Very reliable and I travel a lot for work. Best mid size car I?ve ever owned. Definitely will recommend for anyone! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu has not been tested.

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.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

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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