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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
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3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
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.
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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