2017 Chevrolet Malibu Review

2017 Chevrolet Malibu photo
  1. Original MSRP$21,680 - $30,975
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)27/36 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Chevrolet Malibu photo
  1. Original MSRP$21,680 - $30,975
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)27/36 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan


By Charles Krome (Last Updated 12/20/2017)

Buyers expect a lot from family sedans, and the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu doesn’t disappoint. The Malibu is among the segment’s leaders in terms of design and feature content.

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan that seats five passengers. Chevrolet offers the Malibu in L, LS, LT and Premier trims, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard.

For 2017, the Chevy Malibu’s Premier trim gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The Malibu expands availability for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, as well as its Teen Driver technologies. An optional Sport Package and three new exterior colors (Arctic Blue Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, and Cajun Red Tintcoat) also debut.


The Malibu has a long and sleek appearance. Distinctive, multi-dimensional surfacing adorns is side panels, and in front, this Chevy presents a sporty face with sharply sculpted pockets for its standard daytime running lamps.

Standard features include power-adjustable side mirrors, automatic halogen projector-beam headlamps, 16-inch steel wheels with painted covers and a capless fuel-filler system. LED daytime running lamps, LED taillights and 16- through 19-inch aluminum wheels are key options for higher trims. A power sunroof and heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators are available, too.


The 2017 Malibu boasts an attractive cabin. The dashboard has a symmetric, multi-piece design with a dynamic, wing-like theme, while the inner door panels have detailed sculpting and shapes. In the rear, all Malibu trims come with standard 60/40-split folding seats, and the car’s trunk capacity is rated at 15.8 cubic feet.

Premium cloth seats are standard, along with air conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel with a tilt-and-telescoping column. For upscale touches, the Malibu can be ordered with leather seating appointments, heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s chair, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver-seat memory settings, dual-zone climate control and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.


The Malibu stands out from its rivals with an all-turbo powertrain lineup. The standard 1.5-liter, four-cylinder unit produces 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.0-liter engine, standard in the Malibu Premier, can deliver 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the base Malibu has EPA ratings of 27/36 mpg city/highway, while the 2.0-liter engine is graded at 22/33 mpg.


Chevy’s Malibu features a long list of available technologies. Base models come equipped with keyless entry and ignition, OnStar telematics and a six-speaker stereo. The list of available upgrades includes wireless device charging, a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, a Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE internet connectivity, lane keeping assist, forward collision alert, satellite radio, two USB ports, a premium Bose nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, a 7- or 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Chevy’s Teen Driver feature is also available, and this amenity allows parents to track the driving patterns of their teens.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Body style

  • Sedan
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 16.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: P205/65r16
  • Available exterior features

  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Grille Color: Black With Chrome Accents
  • Mirror Color: Black
  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Window Trim: Silver
  • Dimensions

  • Front Track Width: 62.6 Inches
  • Height: 57.6 Inches
  • Length: 193.8 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 62.5 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 111.4 Inches
  • Width: 73 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3086 Pounds


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Storage/Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Urethane
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Satellite Communications: OnStar/Voice Guided Directions
  • Entertainment

  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Radio: AM/FM
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Total Speakers: 6
  • Seats

  • 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 6-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Premium Cloth
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 102.9 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 54.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 58.5 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 53.4 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 38.1 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 42 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.1 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 37.5 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 15.8 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 57.1 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.23
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 27
  • Highway (MPG): 36
  • Combined (MPG): 30
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 1.5
  • Horsepower: 160
  • Torque: 184
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 37
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • Transferable Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion: Rust: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months/100,000 Miles


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  5. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  6. Check Rear Seat Reminder
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  9. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  10. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  11. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  12. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  13. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  14. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  15. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  16. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  17. Brake Assist: Standard
  18. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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