Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

#5 in Midsize Cars Overall Score: 8.6 / 10
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2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ranks 5 out of 19 Midsize Cars.

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid finishes in the top third of our midsize car rankings. It does so well by virtue of being a well-rounded car that has several strengths and few weaknesses.

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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Spacious seats
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • High starting price
  • Battery pack restricts trunk pass-through opening

Notable for 2018

  • No major changes

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Rankings and Research

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ranking is based on its score within the Midsize Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.5
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: N/A

Rankings

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

By Cody Trotter August 14, 2017

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid finishes in the top third of our midsize car rankings. It does so well by virtue of being a well-rounded car that has several strengths and few weaknesses.

Is the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid a Good Car?

Yes, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is a good car. It provides excellent fuel economy, even compared to most other hybrids. There are two rows of spacious seats and plenty of standard features, including an easy-to-use infotainment system.

Even the shortcomings aren't anything to write home about. The Malibu Hybrid has a higher base price than many midsize cars, but it's not outrageous compared to other midsize hybrids. The trunk is undersized, but again, it's in line with what many hybrid rivals provide.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

This Chevy definitely belongs on the list of every midsize car shopper. While it does carry a higher starting price than most class rivals, it also provides a lot of value. Still, there are class rivals worth considering. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is another solid all-around vehicle, and it costs about the same as the Malibu Hybrid. If you want something more fun to drive, you might consider the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

In our reviews, we combine hard data with an array of professional opinions to give you a complete picture of every vehicle we rank. For the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, we analyzed 16 reviews.

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is part of a generation that began with the 2016 model year. There have been no major changes since the 2016 redesign. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cost?

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a starting price of just under $28,000. That makes it one of the most expensive cars in the midsize class. It also costs slightly more than most other midsize hybrids.

Unlike many class rivals, however, the Malibu Hybrid only comes in one trim. It has plenty of standard features. The price gap between the Malibu Hybrid and other midsize cars narrows a bit once you factor in the costs of upgrading rivals to a comparable level – especially when comparing the Chevy to other hybrids.

A fully loaded Malibu Hybrid sits in the low $30,000s. That's still a little pricey for a midsize car, but there are several class rivals that cost more when fully equipped.

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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is arguably the most athletic midsize hybrid sedan on the market. It's got a little more horsepower than the Malibu, and it handles better. However, its fuel economy falls well short of the Malibu's estimates. Like its Chevy rival, the Fusion provides two rows of spacious seats; in fact, it has better rear-seat legroom. The Fusion's cabin is extremely nice for the class, and it has user-friendly tech features. However, features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – which are standard in the Chevrolet – are only options in the Fusion Hybrid. Though there are some areas where the Fusion Hybrid bests the Malibu Hybrid, the Malibu Hybrid is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is redesigned for the 2018 model year and has some of the best fuel economy ratings of any car on the market, earning over 50 mpg. The Camry Hybrid also has a more powerful engine than the Malibu and provides a smooth ride. Inside, the Camry Hybrid has an attractive cabin and roomy seats, though the Malibu's front seats offer slightly more space. The Camry Hybrid doesn't offer as many features as its Chevy rival, but the features it does have are user-friendly. When it comes to trunk space, the Toyota is the clear winner. These two cars are neck-and-neck, and they cost about the same. Choosing between them will likely come down to your personal preference.

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Malibu Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Malibu Hybrid Seat?

Like virtually every midsize car, the Malibu Hybrid seats five people. Unlike some midsize cars, both rows have ample space – even for tall passengers. The seats are also fairly comfortable.

Malibu Hybrid and Car Seats

The Malibu Hybrid has full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify, but the lower anchors are set a little deep in the seat and require a lot of force when attaching car-seat straps.

Malibu Hybrid Interior Quality

Climb inside the Malibu and you'll find a handsome cabin and a mix of mid- and high-grade surfaces that tilts in favor of the premium materials.

Malibu Hybrid Cargo Space

The Malibu Hybrid has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is enough room for several shopping bags or some carry-on luggage. The space is comparable to many other midsize hybrids, though the Toyota Camry Hybrid provides several more cubic feet of cargo room. The Malibu’s rear seatbacks fold down, but the battery partially obscures the opening, limiting its usefulness.

Malibu Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Malibu Hybrid include Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.

The MyLink system is easy to use and responds quickly to inputs. Most rivals do not come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like the Malibu Hybrid, and some don't offer these features at all. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Malibu Hybrid Performance

Malibu Hybrid Engine: Quick Off the Line

The Malibu Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 182 horsepower. That might not sound like a lot of power, but it's plenty to move this vehicle and deliver strong acceleration.

Malibu Hybrid Gas Mileage: Mpg You'll Love to See

Hybrids are known for their terrific fuel economy, but the Chevy Malibu Hybrid still stands out in this regard. It earns 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, which is better than rivals like the Ford Fusion Hybrid (43/41 mpg city/highway) and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (38/43 mpg city/highway).

By driving the Malibu Hybrid over one of those competitors, you can save yourself $100 to $150 per year in fuel costs. You’ll save significantly more compared to a nonhybrid midsize car.

Malibu Hybrid Ride and Handling: Keeping Its Composure

This Chevrolet provides a decent amount of agility on winding roads and delivers a comfortable ride over most surfaces. While some hybrid cars have grabby regenerative braking systems, the Malibu Hybrid's brakes feel much like the brakes in most nonhybrid cars.

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Malibu Hybrid Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Reliable?

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is part of a generation that earns excellent predicted reliability ratings from J.D. Power and Associates – typically four out of five. This is well above average for all vehicles and one of the best ratings among midsize cars.

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Malibu Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for hybrid components. Those are typical warranty terms for midsize hybrid cars.

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Malibu Hybrid Safety

Malibu Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2018 Chevy Malibu Hybrid has not yet been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but it earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Malibu Hybrid Safety Features

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature, but several others are available. These include automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.

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Which Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

If you like options, the Malibu Hybrid might disappoint you because it only comes in one trim. However, there are a few option packages you can add that provide extra features. You can also add several styling upgrades.

The Leather package ($2,140) includes heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and a Bose audio system. The Driver Confidence package ($1,195) adds front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, and more. The Convenience and Technology package ($895) includes wireless device charging, two additional USB ports, and an upgraded MyLink system with an 8-inch touch screen.

The Chevy Malibu Hybrid has a starting price of $27,875. This is a bit higher than some hybrid rivals’ base prices, and it's much more than what nonhybrid midsize cars cost. The Malibu Hybrid comes with a lot of standard features, so you don't necessarily need any options packages. However, the Driver Confidence package adds a lot of bang for your buck; it provides plenty of active safety features for not a lot more money. The Convenience and Technology package is also worth the money because it gives you the larger touch screen and extra connectivity options.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is a good midsize sedan, and its high finish in our class rankings backs that up. There are several reasons to like the Malibu Hybrid and no real reasons to avoid it. This Chevrolet provides comfortable, spacious seats, plenty of tech features, and outstanding fuel economy. There are hybrid rivals worth considering, such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid. But if you look around and still think this Chevy is for you, it's highly unlikely that you'll regret your decision.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "What buyers will get is a normal Malibu with the soul of a Volt, the space of a mid-size sedan, and nearly the fuel economy of the outgoing Prius. That's worth crowing about." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "Overall, the new hybrid Malibu impressed us. … Its real-world fuel economy is likely to live up to its EPA ratings, minus the effects of cold weather, and it's a good-looking, comfortable, and competent car. It's more refined than the Camry Hybrid, has higher EPA ratings than the Fusion Hybrid, and much smoother operation than the single-motor hybrid systems used in the latest Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima." -- Yahoo Autos (2016)
  • "If a Chevy Volt is like a hybrid that prefers its electric motor, then the new Malibu hybrid is like a Volt you never have to plug in. That's partly because you can't plug it in, but more because the Volt and the gas-electric Malibu share a lot of major components. Since we happen to like the newly refined Volt, that's good news for the larger family sedan." -- Autoblog (2016)
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