2017 Chevrolet Malibu
When it comes to the mid-size sedan class, it can be a pretty tough competition. So when a sedan like the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu stands out, it’s a small victory in itself. With aesthetics inside and out resembling the Chevy Impala, it’s classy and comfortable. Throw in the high-tech modern features and safety, and this car is ready to leave the showroom. Oh, and did we mention the price tag? The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is also pretty affordable.
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2.0-liter DOHC Turbo
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Unless we’re including the Malibu Hybrid, there are two engines available for the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The dominating engine found on three of the four trims is a 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine with direct-injection and variable valve timing (VVT) technology. This is already a triple play of all the right moves - direct-injection engines receive fuel faster by injecting highly pressurized fuel via a fuel line directly into the combustion chamber of each cylinder; engines with a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) have less stressed cylinders for optimal engine performance; and VVT changes the valve timing of an engine’s cylinders intake/exhaust of fuel/air to also optimize performance and fuel economy. This engine currently generates 163 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
On the Premier trim, the other engine comes standard, a 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged engine, also with direct-injection and VVT. The only difference is this engine uses spark-ignited direct-injection during the combustion cycle of the engine. Moreover, this engine generates 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Handling
The standard transmission for the Chevy Malibu also dominates three-out-of-four trims, a 6-speed automatic. Not bad by any means, and it’s electronically controlled with overdrive. What that means is the engine can operate at a lower RPM regardless of speed to achieve better fuel efficiency. This gives the first three trims a fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Premier trim has a 9-speed automatic transmission, and a fuel economy of 22/33 mpg city/highway.
Seems a pattern is emerging, because the standard headlights on the L, LS, and 1LT trims are basic halogen headlights, with IntelliBeam high beam assist on the Premier, available upgrade for the 1LT. Surprisingly, automatic on/off headlights are a lineup standard. Heated exterior mirrors are only found on the 1LT and Premier trims, and the ability to add a dual pane power sliding sunroof are available for these trims as well.
Chevrolet is known for having many packages available to up the ante on select trims with every model. For the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, there is an appearance package for gloss black exterior mirrors and a dark chrome grille, a convenience package for a remote starter kit and cargo net, a weather protection package for all-weather floor mats and front and rear splash-guards (custom-molded), and premier sun and wheel package for the sunroof, a universal home remote, and 19-inch aluminum wheels with all-season blackwall tires. The standard wheels for each trim varies, with the L and LS having 16-inch wheels, the 1LT having 17-inch wheels, and the Premier riding on 18-inch wheels.
For the interior of the 2017 Chevy Malibu, various leather seating trim is not made available until the 1LT and Premier trims, but premium cloth is available for the entire lineup. Convenient features like driver memory and dual-zone automatic climate control are saved for the Premier trim, as is a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel (available on 1LT). Heated driver and front passenger seats are available on the 1LT and Premier trims. A touch of convenience found standard across the lineups is keyless entry and start, a lineup standard, as well as a rear 60/40 split-fold bench and steering-wheel mounted audio and phone controls.
Many packages are found available for the interior of the Malibu as well. Some are shared with the exterior, such as the appearance package that comes with a sport pedal kit for the interior, or the convenience packages that add a cargo net, all-weather floor mats, and a portable media connectivity package. There are a couple other packages, but they’re more attuned to the technological and safety features available.
The standard stereo system in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a simple AM/FM stereo with a 6-speaker system. Available on the 1LT trim, and standard on the Premier trim is a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system. Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-inch color touchscreen with Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto can be found standard on the LS and 1LT trims; the same, but with an 8-inch color touch screen and voice-activated technology for radio and phone is available on the 1LT trim, standard on the Premier trim. 4G LTE wi-fi is standard on all trims but the base trim, L.
A convenience and technology package is available to the 1LT and Premier trims. It includes a remote vehicle starter system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a color driver information center, the 8-inch color touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, dual USB charging ports, and more. A rear vision camera can be found on all trims following the base trim.
Safety Features and Warranty
There are a total of ten airbags in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, three more than found on average in sedans. Standard features include traction and stability control systems, the LATCH anchor system for child seats, OnStar basic for five years, a rear-seat reminder so you don’t leave valuables in the back seat, and a teen driver mode (not on the base trim, L). Advanced safety features available on select trims consist of a following distance indicator to alert drivers when they’re too close to a vehicle up ahead, forward collision alert, front automatic braking, front and rear park assist, lane keep assist, low speed forward automatic braking, pedestrian detection, semi-automatic parking assist, and side blind zone alert with lane change alert, most of which comes with the two Driver Confidence Packages.
All new Chevrolet vehicles are backed by a three-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty (100,000 miles for qualified fleet purchases). Additionally, the vehicle’s exterior is protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile corrosion warranty, a 6-year or 100,000-mile rust-through warranty, and buyers receive complimentary roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles. There is also a 2-year scheduled maintenance plan that comes standard.