2017 Chevy Malibu and Malibu Hybrid
In a crowd of sedans, the Chevrolet Malibu easily stands out from rest. Its classy style sets it apart from the usual sedan design, but Chevy didn’t sacrifice practicality or comfort for style. The Malibu is spacious and it comes standard with plenty of features. As an award-winning vehicle for years, Chevy knew the Malibu was a great vehicle, so they recently expanded the Malibu lineup to include a hybrid option, the Malibu Hybrid.
Hybrid Hwy/City MPG
Engines and Performance
1.5L DOHC Turbocharged Engine
For the original Chevrolet Malibu, there are two available engine options. The standard engine on the majority of trims (L, LS, and LT) is a 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine with direct-injection and variable valve timing (VVT) technology and it is able to generate 163 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Three bits of technology make this engine special - direct-injection means the fuel is highly pressurized and injected via a fuel line directly into the combustion chamber of each engine cylinder, leading to faster combustion cycles; when built with a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), engines have less stressed cylinders, leading to optimal engine performance; and VVT changes the valve timing of an engine’s cylinders intake/exhaust of fuel/air, also optimizing performance and fuel economy.
2.0L DOHC Turbocharged Engine
The second engine option is available on the Chevy Malibu Premier and it is a 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged engine, with spark-ignited direct-injection (SIDI) that takes place during the combustion cycle, and VVT. This engine generates 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter DOHC turbo engine is tied to a 9-speed automatic transmission, which has an average fuel economy of 22/33 mpg city/highway.
1.8L Hybrid Engine
The Malibu Hybrid engine is a 1.8-liter hybrid 4-cylinder DOHC engine with SIDI and VVT. This engine generates 124 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. The transmission was built specifically for the hybrid engine and it is a two-motor drive unit hybrid transmission. The fuel economy of the Malibu Hybrid is amazing. The Malibu Hybrid averages 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
The first three Malibu trims (L, LS, and LT) come with basic 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, so that’s a plus! The Malibu LT, Premier, and Hybrid also have heated exterior mirrors. Depending on the trim, 16-inch aluminum (or steel), 17-inch aluminum, 18-inch aluminum, or 19-inch aluminum wheels may be available.
For the upholstery, cloth is standard on the Malibu L and LS and the Malibu LT, Premier and Hybrid all come standard with leather seats. The Malibu Premier and Malibu Hybrid are 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. These features are available on the Malibu LT and Malibu Hybrid.
Except for the base trim, the Malibu L, all trims come with Chevrolet MyLink with a touchscreen. Found on the Malibu LS, LT, and Hybrid is a 7-inch color touch screen; an 8-inch color touchscreen is available to the Malibu LT and Hybrid with Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto; and an 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation is standard on the Malibu Premier, also available on the Malibu LT and Hybrid trims. The standard sound system is made up of 6-speakers, but exclusive to the Malibu Premier is a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system. OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot can be found on all trims but the base trim.
Safety Features and Warranty
Found in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu for safety are ten airbags, traction and stability control systems, the LATCH anchor system for child seats, various OnStar programs, a teen driver mode (not on the base trim, Malibu L), a rear vision camera (not on the base trim, Malibu L). Select trims may have advanced safety features available, such as a following distance indicator, 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.
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.