Review: 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Review: 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Richmond drivers love Chevy’s reliability, versatility, and ahead-of-the-curve styling, which is why we’re excited to introduce the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, a top-selling mid-size sedan that’s already an instant classic.

Whether you want to take one for a test drive or are interested in talking to a friendly Heritage Chevrolet rep about which model is best for you, we’d love for you to come in for a visit. But first, check out our full review of the latest Chevy sedan: 

Safety

The 2018 Chevy Malibu comes in five trims: L, LS, LT, Premier, and Hybrid. All models come standard with an OnStar Guidance Plan and Automatic Crash Response. Additionally, the sedan is available with a Rear Vision Camera, Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Malibu a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Also, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet rated this year’s model, it named the 2017 Malibu a Top Safety Pick.

Interior and Exterior Features

The newest Malibu has all the convenience features Richmond drivers demand, without being cluttered or complicated. It comes available with LED daytime running lights, IntelliBeam headlamps, heated power-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, and all-season blackwall tires.

For your comfort, the 2018 Malibu is also available with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated steering wheel, remote start, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

Entertainment and Tech

Because long road trips are what living in Virginia is all about, the Malibu comes available with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen and navigation, plus a Bose 9-speaker sound system, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, wireless device charging, and OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The MyLink system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the gold standard for smartphone integration in any vehicle.

If you plan to train teen drivers with your new Malibu, you’ll be glad to know that it comes available with Teen Driver technology. The system lets you mute the audio when front seat riders aren’t wearing safety belts, set a limit on audio volume, and set a maximum speed. Additionally, the tech enables active driver assistance tech and gives you an in-vehicle report card that tells you whether these safety features were triggered.

Performance

The 2018 Malibu comes with two gasoline engines and one hybrid. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while you can also upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that churns out 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The Malibu Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine combined with two electric motors, making a net 182 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

According to EPA estimates, the regular gasoline model gets up to 27 MPG city and 36 MPG highway, and the hybrid gets 49 MPG city and 43 MPG highway.

Pricing

Starting at $22,555 MSRP

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