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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is one of the most well-rounded sedans in its class. It has great safety and predicted reliability ratings, an outstanding ride quality, and a roomy cabin. It’s no wonder why the Malibu performs so well in our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Good power and acceleration
  • Intuitive technology
  • Stellar safety and predicted reliability ratings
  • Limited trunk space

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for Families award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Malibu Hybrid is a great used car. It gets excellent gas mileage without sacrificing performance. Power delivery is instant, and acceleration is smooth and steady. This Chevy’s poised handling and comfortable ride give it excellent driving dynamics. Another high point is the Malibu’s regenerative braking system, which works so smoothly that you might not even be able to tell you’re driving a hybrid.

Inside, the Malibu’s materials are generally upscale, and the design is attractive. There’s plenty of space for passengers. The standard infotainment system is easy to use, and it comes with cool features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. One of the car's few downsides is its small trunk, which is smaller than the nonhybrid Malibu’s trunk due to the placement of the hybrid batteries. Still, it should be enough space for most daily applications. The Malibu’s combination of space, family-friendly features, and positive reviews earned it our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for Families award.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 21 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

Prices for the 2017 Malibu Hybrid range from about $18,500 to around $26,500. This data comes from just a few listings for the 2017 Malibu Hybrid on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2017 Malibu Hybrid tends to be slightly more expensive than some of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $20,800 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, five-year costs for the 2017 Honda Accord are about $700 less than the Malibu Hybrid’s, while the 2017 Toyota Prius’ costs are about $2,500 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Malibu Hybrid?

There were no major changes to the Malibu for the 2018 model year, so you may be better off shopping for a used model. You can likely save thousands of dollars by going with a used Malibu instead of a new one, and you’ll get a nearly identical car. 

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There are few choices for those looking to buy a new hybrid that can rival the utility and price of a used 2017 Malibu. The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is a compact car that starts at $22,200, but it has less rear-seat space than the Malibu Hybrid. However, its hatchback design affords you a lot more cargo room than the Malibu Hybrid. The Ioniq’s base model is also a good value, with standard features like a touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

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Which Malibu Hybrid Year of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Is Best?

Chevrolet reintroduced the Malibu Hybrid for the 2016 model year, after a hiatus for several years. There were no major changes from 2016 to 2017, so you can likely save money with a 2016 Malibu Hybrid, and you’ll still get a similar car.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has an excellent predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, two open recalls apply to the 2017 Malibu Hybrid, both of which deal with airbags. A sensor may not correctly distinguish an adult from a child in the front passenger seat, potentially causing the airbag to not deploy when it should, or to deploy when it shouldn't. Another recall deals with improper welds on a rear side airbag, which can cause the inflator to separate during a crash and propel shrapnel into the cabin. These insufficient welds may also cause the inflator not to properly inflate during a crash. Before buying a 2017 Malibu Hybrid, be sure a Chevrolet dealer has addressed these recalls.

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Which Used Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

This is an easy question to answer, because there's only one trim level available. However, there are three available packages. The Driver Confidence package gives you all of the available advanced safety features that the Malibu has to offer. The Leather package adds – you guessed it – leather upholstery, along with heated front seats and a Bose Stereo. Lastly, the Convenience and Technology package adds two USB ports, a 120-volt household-style outlet, remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and wireless device charging.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Malibu Hybrid?

The 2017 Malibu Hybrid earned an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Malibu Hybrid a 2017 Top Safety Pick, also giving it the highest score of Good in the five major tests.

A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature that comes standard in the Malibu Hybrid. Available active safety technologies include front and rear parking sensors, a following distance indicator, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. All of these features are part of the Driver Confidence package. As such, used models will have either all or none of them.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2017 Toyota Prius?

The 2017 Toyota Prius gets better fuel economy than the Malibu Hybrid, and it has a ton of cargo space. As a compact car, the Prius doesn’t offer as much rear-seat legroom as the Malibu Hybrid. The Chevy also has the edge in performance, thanks to its swift acceleration and composed handling. Both cars get good marks for predicted reliability, but the Prius has far more standard safety equipment, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Because of its combination of quality and value, we named the Prius our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for the Money. Go with the Chevy if you're looking for a family car and need a lot of rear-seat space, or take the Toyota if you want a highly fuel-efficient daily driver.  

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid or 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid’s below-average predicted reliability rating is the main reason it ranks lower than the Malibu Hybrid. Aside from that, these two cars stack up evenly. The Accord Hybrid is the only midsize sedan to get better fuel economy than the Malibu Hybrid, but only by a few mpg on the highway. Unlike the Malibu Hybrid, the Honda grows noisy under heavy acceleration. Both of these hybrids have a good amount of space in the second row, though the Accord offers a couple more cubic feet of cargo space. The Accord Hybrid is a good car, but the Malibu Hybrid is a better choice overall.

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2017 Malibu Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 Malibu Hybrid earns high marks for performance. Shoppers usually buy hybrid vehicles for their fuel economy rather than their performance, but the Malibu Hybrid delivers on both fronts. Its two electric motors and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine deliver a combined 182 horsepower. The Malibu Hybrid relies more on its electric motors than its gas engine, which results in sprightly acceleration that remains smooth and steady. Chevy says the Malibu Hybrid can even get up to speeds of 55 mph using only electric power.

Unlike many rival hybrids, the Malibu Hybrid has a conventional automatic transmission instead of a continuously variable transmission (CVT). As a result, the Malibu’s powertrain doesn’t give off a loud whine or droning sound that you get with other hybrid vehicles.

The Malibu Hybrid’s steering has a nice weight to it, but it doesn’t provide much road feedback. However, the car still handles with some agility. The ride quality is excellent, and the regenerative brakes don't have the grabby and inconsistent feel typically associated with hybrid braking systems. Instead, the Malibu Hybrid’s brakes feel more like those found in traditional gasoline cars.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

Expect 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway with the Malibu Hybrid. That’s better than nearly every other midsize hybrid car except the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, which earns an estimated 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Toyota Prius gets up to 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway.

When trying to decide between a Malibu Hybrid and the regular 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, keep in mind that the hybrid’s average annual fuel costs are $950. Depending on the powertrain, a 2017 Malibu estimates range from $1,450 or $2,000. You could save a lot of money each year by going with the Malibu Hybrid, and you’ll likely make up any difference in your in initial purchase price within a few years.

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2017 Malibu Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Malibu Hybrid Seat?

The Chevy Malibu Hybrid seats up to five people. Wherever you sit in the car, you’ll be comfortable and have a lot of room. The front seats are especially welcoming, as you can adjust them in many different ways to find a suitable position. Chevy lengthened the Malibu platform for the 2016 redesign, and both the hybrid and nonhybrid model gained some much needed back-seat space. Legroom in the rear should be enough for most passengers, even those on the taller side. Those same occupants might be a little snug when it comes to headroom, though.

Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard in the Malibu Hybrid. Available amenities include leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and heated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The Chevy Malibu Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections in its rear seat, and a top tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Malibu the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the system’s ease of use. The lower anchors are set too deep in the seat cushions, and it requires too much force to attach the straps to the anchors.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Features

Standard features in the 2017 Malibu Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, push-button start, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port, and satellite radio.

Optional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, two USB ports, a 120-volt household-type outlet, remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless charging, and a Bose nine-speaker premium audio system.

Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system is often regarded as one of the better systems available. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and menus are easy to flip through. MyLink features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allows you to connect MyLink with your smartphone’s apps, music, and contacts. The Malibu also has a Wi-Fi hot spot, so all your passengers can stay connected during long road trips.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Dimensions

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Cargo Space

The Malibu Hybrid has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for hybrid sedans in this class. The Malibu Hybrid’s trunk is smaller than the regular Malibu, due to the placement of the hybrid batteries. They sit right behind the rear seats, which takes away a lot of the opening created when you fold those seats down. There is still a small pass-through, which is good for long and skinny items.

2017 Malibu Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Malibu Hybrid is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,366 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 Malibu in Kansas.

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