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.