Chevrolet’s sedan lineup may be the strongest we’ve ever seen, thanks in part to the mid-size front-wheel drive 2018 Malibu. The current-generation Chevy Malibu debuted in 2016, coming in larger and better-optioned than before, positioning the sedan to better compete in a tough segment. A Malibu Hybrid model is sold separately.
What's New for 2018
The most significant change for 2018 is the introduction of an all-new Malibu Redline Edition exclusive to the LT trim. The Redline Edition Package includes a blacked-out grille, black nameplate badge with a red outline, black front and back bowties, blackwall tires, 19-inch black-painted wheels with red hash marks, your choice of four exterior colors, and a jet black interior.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu
Move past the base model — typically chosen by fleets and rental car companies — and the Malibu offers three trims worth perusing. Customers have a choice of two turbo engines, but the larger engine is available only on the top-level Premier trim.
The Malibu L, LS, and LT trim levels come with a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine works alongside a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
Choose the Malibu Premier and you’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a nine-speed automatic, this model makes a respectable 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
Toss out the base level and you’ll find three trims worthy of your consideration. The LT offers a good place to start with its many package options, including the all-new Redline Edition. If you insist on driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, the Premier offers a $2,190 Driver Confidence Package, bringing your final cost to $33,540.
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