Chevrolet
Malibu
2018
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Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 23, 2017

Expert Rating

4.0 (Excellent)
MPG
26 City / 35 Highway

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu OVERVIEW

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.

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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.

L

Priced from $22,555 (all prices include an $875 destination charge), the base model L comes with automatic headlamps, power-adjustable side mirrors, and 16-inch wheels with steel covers. Other features include keyless entry with push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, full power accessories, air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, an OnStar Guidance Plan, and 10 airbags.

LS

Most customers begin their Malibu shopping at the LS level. Costing $24,100, equipment upgrades include 16-inch aluminum wheels, a rearview camera, and Chevrolet MyLink telematics with a 7-inch touchscreen display. Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, OnStar with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and a USB port are also included.

LT

Priced from an even $26,000, the LT edition brings in LED daytime running lights, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, 17-inch aluminum wheels, satellite radio, ambient interior lighting, an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors. At this trim level, the Redline Package ($1,195) comes into play. This new package is not available with the Sport Package or Sun and Wheels Package.

Premier

Costing $31,850, the top-of-the-line Premier pulls out all the stops by delivering the Malibu’s most powerful engine. You’ll also find chrome touches, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a remote vehicle starter system. The Chevy MyLink system features an 8-inch touchscreen display and navigation on Premier models. Additional features include a nine-speaker Bose audio system, dual-zone climate control, wireless charging, additional charge-only USB ports, dual-zone climate control, leather-covered seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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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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