2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    46 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    124-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    1-speed automatic w/auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat headroom and legroom
  • Multimedia system
  • Ride and handling
  • Teen Driver safety monitor
  • Refined lane departure prevention

The Bad

  • No interior trunk release button
  • Trunk space
  • Gruff-sounding engine
  • Hybrid price premium
  • Some interior trim

Notable Features of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity standard
  • Gas-electric hybrid version of Malibu
  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Can travel highway speeds on battery power
  • Teen Driver monitoring system standard

What Is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is a five-seat mid-size sedan that competes against the Honda Accord Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It's offered in one trim level: base. The regular, non-hybrid Chevrolet Malibu is covered separately.

What's New on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid? 

For 2017, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the multimedia system and the Teen Driver Safety monitoring system is standard.

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Compare to Other Hybrid Sedans?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid's gas mileage is economical, and it handles and brakes smoothly. It doesn't have the style or mpg ratings of the Toyota Prius, but it offers a comfortable driving experience. The Malibu Hybrid isn't exactly inexpensive, though: It costs more than the Fusion Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid and even most of the regular Malibus. 

What Features in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Are Most Important?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine, two electric motors and a 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Interior features include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless access with push-button start, a backup camera, cruise control, air conditioning, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and phone controls. As required in all new vehicles for 2017, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard.

One noteworthy option for the Malibu Hybrid is the Teen Driver safety monitor. This feature allows parents to monitor their kids' driving habits, program the audio system to mute until seat belts are fastened and set a maximum speed limit. Other available features include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, an 8-inch touchscreen, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required), a navigation system, heated steering wheel and wireless charging for compatible smartphones.

Should I Buy the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2017 Malibu Hybrid is a good choice for drivers seeking competitive fuel economy, a comfortable ride and classy styling. It has a multimedia system with smartphone integration as well as Teen Driver and lane departure prevention systems. All of this comes with a premium price tag, however. For what you'll pay, you'd probably expect more trunk space and a quieter ride, but those are two areas where the 2017 Malibu Hybrid is lacking.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Road Test

by Jennifer Geiger

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What Drivers Are Saying


Gas mileage has dropped off

by Ace from Mifflintown, PA on April 23, 2018

Chevy Hybrid, Gas Mileage has dropped off, 15% lower than the sticker. Chevy won't admit there is a problem and doesn't stand behind their vehicle. Don't think I will ever buy chevy again. Read full review


Blue girl!

by Blue girl if you don?t have one, I can understand from Byhalia Ms 38611 on January 27, 2018

I love your cars. I had a Malibu Maxx with having a walker it was great. I am still praying for it.The Malibu Maxx would be great.But I was total and we are in a settlement with a great group of ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
5 Star
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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


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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 Hybrid 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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