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2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was new.


Interior: 8.1

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid's cabin is well-designed and generally uses quality materials, though there are a few cheap plastics. The seats are comfortable and spacious, and trunk space is comparable to many midsize hybrid rivals. The MyLink infotainment system is user-friendly and comes with a number of connectivity features.

  • "Even if you don't use CarPlay or Android Auto, you'll appreciate the Chevy MyLink infotainment system's combination of big icons and physical knobs and buttons. It's all part of an interior design that isn't just functional, but is among the best in class from a purely esthetic point, too. The gauges are big and clear, the dash curves and swoops attractively, and it's even easy to see out." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The cabin design is more subdued than the exterior, but the (cloth or leatherette) dash covering and liberal use of chrome trim help liven things up." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The interior trim was high-grade cloth, let down a little by dashtop plastics with a bit too much gloss." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)


The Malibu Hybrid seats five on cloth upholstery. An eight-way power driver’s seat is standard. Leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat, and heated front seats are available.

There are no bad seats in this Chevy. The Malibu's front seats are supportive and more accommodating of taller occupants than some midsize cars. The rear seats aren't the roomiest in the class, but they still have enough head- and legroom that almost anyone can fit comfortably. Getting into and out of either row is easy thanks to the large doors.

The Malibu Hybrid features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor but no lower anchors. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, so they may be hard to get to. Attaching straps to the anchors also requires a fair bit of force. The tether anchors are easily identified.

  • "Seat comfort is a strong point in the Malibu. The power driver seat (we haven't tested the manual version) slides back farther than the Accord's, making this Chevy a good pick for tall shoppers, and all front-row riders will likely find support and cushioning to be satisfactory. In back, the elongated wheelbase opens up enough legroom to challenge rivals including the Ford Fusion, though in our experience, the Accord and Sonata offer even more. Still, the Malibu is competitive in terms of backseat space, and that addresses a major complaint about the previous-generation car." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The comfortable front seats adjust to virtually any body size, and the rear seats boast enough legroom to seat tall adults, although they might find headroom a little tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The seats were supportive and comfortable, getting in and out was easy (tall drivers noted they no longer risked bumping their heads on the way in), and the rear seat was fine for full-size adults with 1.3 inches more legroom than last year." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Malibu Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, push-button start, 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 auto-dimming rearview mirror, two USB ports, a 120-volt outlet, remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless charging, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, 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.

You'll probably enjoy using the MyLink infotainment system. It provides plenty of connectivity options and comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. These features are optional in some rivals and unavailable entirely in others. MyLink also has an intuitive menu layout and responds quickly to inputs, so it's an all-around user-friendly system. The 8-inch screen is preferable to the standard 7-inch screen because the larger screen has sharper graphics.

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  • "While Chevrolet MyLink is one of the better touch-screen infotainment systems out there, we love the consistency using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto brings to a vehicle's interior. Using the identical functionality of a smartphone on your infotainment system is just as desirable and useful as it sounds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Front and center is the optional MyLink touchscreen, which looks like an iPad slipped neatly into its own slot, rather than perched awkwardly atop the dash like other infotainment screens. The lower-end unit has a 7-inch diagonal with merely adequate graphics, while the available 8-inch screen … offers tablet-like colors and clarity. We like the intuitive menu structure, quick response times, and notable cool features such as mobile 4G Wi-Fi and full smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Plugging in your iPhone 5 through 6s and the Malibu's eight-inch screen mimics the appearance of your iPhone or iPad. An added bonus: In cars not equipped with navigation, plugging the phone will instantly convert the display into a fully functional nav system (via the phone's GPS system) that was every bit as effective as a Garmin or other factory offering." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The Malibu Hybrid provides 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Hybrids typically have less cargo room than their nonhybrid counterparts because the battery eats into the space. Rivals like the Toyota Camry Hybrid are able to provide much more space by locating the battery under the rear seats. Still, this Chevy has about as much cargo room as most other midsize hybrids. The rear seats fold down as well, letting you transport some larger items. Still, the trunk opening is partially obscured by the battery pack, so you may have trouble fitting larger items through the pass-through.

  • "Getting the Hybrid reduces trunk capacity to 11.6 cubic feet because the battery pack eats up its lower rear portion (imagine a small stage in the back of the trunk). This is typical for a hybrid sedan, though the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid does buck the trend." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Tucked just behind the rear seats, the Malibu's battery reduces trunk volume from 15.8 cubic feet to 11.6. And while the rear seats still fold, the battery mostly blocks the pass-through." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "… but there is some space eaten out of the trunk by the battery. It's an irregular shape that mostly blocks the opening created by folding the rear seats, but there's still room to pass thinner objects like skis or lumber through." -- Autoblog (2016)

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