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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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2017 Base 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $27,875


Chevrolet gave its midsize family sedan a massive redesign for the 2016 model year, making it larger and expanding interior space while shaving off nearly 300 pounds. Also new was a Hybrid offshoot. Chevrolet had offered a Malibu Hybrid before, but not since 2008. The current Hybrid features an efficient gasoline/electric powertrain, along with the latest sleek Malibu styling and interior comforts.

What's New for 2017

Little has changed on the Malibu Hybrid, beyond four new body colors. The base radio now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also new is a Teen Driver feature, which allows parents to establish controls and review the driving habits of young drivers.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The hybrid powertrain leverages technology borrowed from the second generation of Chevrolet’s plug-in Volt, as well as the forthcoming electric Bolt. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, developing an estimated 160 horsepower, mates with twin electric motors and an 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. The second motor serves as a generator. Hybrid drive unit output is rated at 182 horsepower (136 kW).

The gasoline engine automatically starts at higher speeds and under heavier load. The two-motor electric drive unit provides extra energy, especially when accelerating, augmenting the gas engine. For brief periods, the Malibu Hybrid can travel at up to 55 mph on battery power alone.

Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery uses exhaust-system heat to warm both the engine and the cabin, which keeps fuel economy consistent in cold weather. Blended regenerative braking, also adapted from the Volt, provides maximum kinetic energy recovery while braking to help maintain the battery’s state of charge.

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Fuel economy, as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is 49 mpg in city driving and 43 mpg on the highway, or 46 mpg combined. In comparison, the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata Hybrids are both estimated at 40 mpg combined, while the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion hybrids get 42-mpg estimates. The thriftiest gasoline-engine Malibu gets an estimate of 27/36 mpg (city/highway), or 30 mpg combined.

Standard equipment includes a power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with center armrest, a tilt/telescopic steering column, steering-wheel controls, remote keyless entry, and pushbutton start. Dual-zone automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lights, six-speaker audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, automatic headlight control, and heated power mirrors also are included. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot lets passengers connect to the Internet. Alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires.

In Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, a 7-inch color touchscreen not only controls operations, but also displays the image from the standard rearview camera. Connectivity includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Ten airbags and a rearview camera are standard.

Pricing starts at $29,625 (including the $875 destination charge). A Convenience & Technology Package costs an additional $895. The $1,195 Driver Confidence Package includes front/rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection, and city-speed forward automatic braking. A Leather Package is available for $2,140. Wireless phone charging and heated leather-trimmed seats also can be added.

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Naturally, increased fuel economy is the main attraction of the Malibu Hybrid. At the same time, you get all the features of a regular Malibu sedan, in its latest form and size. Considering the abundant equipment that’s included, and the gas-mileage advantage (especially in city driving), the Hybrid sounds like a sensible alternative for a reasonable price.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 124 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
1-spd sequential shift control auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
49 / 43 / 46 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 124 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
49 / 43 / 46 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
11.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
103 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
193.8 "
Exterior Width
73.0 "
Exterior Height
57.6 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
37.5 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
38.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,457 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Body-colored W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
6 / 9 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning / Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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