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With strong defining characteristics that separate itself among the pack, owners of the Chevy Malibu love the vehicle’s look, gas mileage and its intuitive infotainment system. The newly redesigned 2018 Chevy Malibu has made fans with us here at NowCar as well as U.S. News and World Report, which rated the 2017 Chevy Malibu the 2017 Best Midsize Car.
The 2018 Chevy Malibu is available with three powerful engine options The Chevy Malibu comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter ECOTEC engine that provides 163 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Buyers also have the option of a 2.0-liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine that produces 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque as well as a very fuel efficient 1.8-liter Hybrid 4-cylinder engine.
The Malibu L, Malibu LS and Malibu LT areall equipped with the turbocharged 1.5L engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.5L engine is ideal for people that have long daily commutes because it a great balance of power and fuel economy. The 1.5L engine produces 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and it gives the Malibu a great fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
The turbocharged 2.0L engine is standard on the Chevy Malibu Premier and it boosts the vehicle’s power to 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0L engine is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which improves performance and fuel economy. Despite the additional power produced by the bigger engine, the fuel economy of the Malibu Premier is still pretty great. The Malibu Premier averages 22 mpg in the city and it has a respectable fuel economy of 32 mpg on the highway.
Only available on the Chevy Malibu Hybrid is a 124-horsepower 1.8L hybrid engine that is paired to a two-motor drive unit and an automatic transmission. While not as strong as the other engines offered on the other 2018 Malibu engines, the Malibu Hybrid goes above and beyonce expectations with its excellent fuel economy of 49 mpg in the city and a 43 mpg on the highway MPG. According to fueleconomy.gov, the Chevy Malibu Hybrid provides the average driver with around $2,750 in fuel savings over five years in comparison to the average midsize vehicle.
The first three 2018 Chevy Malibu trims (L, LS, and LT) are equipped with halogen headlights and buyers of the Malibu LT and Malibu Hybrid can upgrade the vehicle’s headlights to IntelliBeam headlights with high beam assist, which are the standard headlights on the Malibu Premier. All Malibu trims come with automatic on/off headlights standard. Available on higher-level trims are LED daytime running lamps and the Malibu Premier features LED taillamps. Depending on the trim, the Malibu is equipped with 16-inch aluminum (or steel), 17-inch aluminum, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and drivers have the option to upgrade the Malibu Premier with 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Cloth interior is standard on the Malibu L and LS trims, while the Malibu LT, Premier and Hybrid are all fitted with leather seats. The Malibu Premier and Malibu Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control; the Malibu Premier also has heated driver and front passenger seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a remote vehicle starter system, which are available features on the Malibu LT and Malibu Hybrid.
Except for the base trim, the Malibu L, all 2018 Chevy Malibu trims come with Chevrolet MyLink with a touchscreen. Found on the Malibu LS, LT, and Hybrid is an easy to use 7-inch color touch screen, and buyers can upgrade to an 8-inch color touchscreen is available on the Malibu LT and Hybrid trims. The Malibu Premier comes standard with an 8-inch color touchscreen. The standard sound system is made up of 6-speakers, but exclusive to the Malibu Premier is a the crisp sounding 9-speaker Bose premium sound system. Users can rely on the help of OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which is found on all trims, but the base trim, Malibu L.
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is a safe choice as available driver confidence packages that supplies many high tech features that provide further safety. Front pedestrian braking, IntelliBeam high beam assist, Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Following Distance Indicator and Lane Keep Assist all come with this package made only for the Malibu LT, Hybrid or Premier of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2018 Chevy Malibu was award the IIHS award for top safety pick in 2017 and provides drivers with top-of-the-line amenities and industry-leading warranties. Warranties include a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty or 5 year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.