Crossovers and trucks seem to dot the road, but the market where the fiercest competition (and best quality and standard features) can be found is in the midsize sedan segment. A dizzying array of top-quality and smartly designed sedans dominate the 2017 market, and Chevrolet has done an outstanding job in making the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu one of the very best in its overachieving class.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu
Even though the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu was completely redesigned last year, the 2017 model reflects some cool changes. The first change is in the color palette, which offers some new options and eliminates some of the old. The Malibu in the LS trim level and above also now offer Android Auto compatibility, making it easier to stay connected while on the go. You’ve got more options with the new Chevrolet Malibu as well, with two new upgrade packages now available. Even though it’s basically brand new, Chevrolet is keeping the Malibu fresh and responsive to buyer needs.
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is lighter, brighter, and longer than the 2016 Malibu, thanks to the use of even more high-strength steel in even more areas than before. It’s a handsome car with a presence that’s sure to attract buyers on its looks alone, but a blossoming love affair with the car’s exterior will only grow further on climbing inside. The cabin is superbly laid out, with plenty of space for both front and rear seat passengers. The quality of the materials and the interior design, especially with higher trims. Even though the Malibu has one of the smaller wheelbases in the midsize sedan segment, this sedan still manages to deliver one of the most spacious cabins in its class.
Buyers can customize their ideal Malibu with five trim levels and three engines to choose from. The L, LS, and LT trims get a 163 horsepower 1.5-liter inline-four turbocharged engine, which the vast majority of buyers will find more than enough for their needs. If you need more power than that, opt for the Premier which comes with a 250 horsepower 2.0 liter engine. Of course, you can also opt for the hybrid version of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu as well, but you’ll likely compromise power for fuel efficiency.
One of the things we like most about the Chevrolet Malibu is its fuel efficiency. The 2.0-liter is rated at a very healthy 22 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined, while the 1.5 is even better and rated as good as 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined by the EPA.
The Premier trim is the top-of-the-line version of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The interior reflects this luxury, with heated and ventilated front seats, a 9-speaker BOSE sound system with SiriusXM, a MyLink infotainment system with navigation and OnStar, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel–genuinely, the Premier ups the ante with these standard features. Driver assistance features, like a rear vision camera and teen driver monitoring, combines with OnStar safety features to give drivers an extra layer of confidence.
There is a more noticeable difference between entry level models of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and the higher trim levels than we’re used to seeing with some of its rivals, but that’s not a criticism. Some competitors are great at the entry level but struggle to justify the price for the higher trims, while others are not worth considering unless you can afford the higher specifications. With the Malibu, you can have great value and great looks at the lower trim levels, but you can also have a noticeable step up with higher trims if you’re prepared to pay extra for it.