Come See The All New 2017 Chevrolet Malibu From Team Auto An Area Kannapolis Chevrolet Dealer
After the 2017 redesign, the Chevrolet Malibu is now in the second year of its current generation. With stunning looks resembling the Chevrolet Impala, this midsize family sedan is designed to impress. It’s a fact that good looks will only get you so far, which is why the folks at the Kannapolis Chevrolet Dealer reminded us the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu drives as good as it looks. The Malibu also gets high marks among auto buyers and the automotive press for its roomy cabin, spacious front and rear seats, fuel-sipping turbocharged engines, powerful brakes, athletic handling and solid build.
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu seats five and is offered in four trim levels: L, LS, 1LT and Premier. There’s a standalone hybrid model, not reviewed here. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models. Powering the L, LS and 1LT trims is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) that makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, teamed to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy for this block is 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway.*
The Premier trim gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with VVT developing 250 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for this powerplant is estimated by the EPA at 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway.
Edmunds gave the 2.0-liter engine high praise, writing: "... be sure to check out the energetic 2.0-liter turbo, which makes the Malibu a much quicker car and also comes with the new nine-speed transmission this year."
On the inside, there’s standard cloth upholstery, with leather available as an option. Also available is a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and power-adjustable front seats. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable, with lots of legroom.
With 15.8 feet of cargo space in the trunk, there’s no problem transporting a full load of groceries or storing your larger items. It’s easy to carry long objects, thanks to the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Release handles in the trunk make folding the seats down a snap.
Standard technology features include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Audio and 4G LTE wireless connectivity. Also standard is Teen Driver, which assists parents instruct their teens who are learning to drive. Advanced safety gear that’s optional on upper trims includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, front automatic braking, automatic parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert and an electronic parking brake.
Safety gear that comes standard on all models includes seven airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes (discs in the front, drums in the rear) stability control, traction control, brake assist, auto-on headlights, daytime running lights, a blind-spot monitor and lane-departure warning.
The IIHS awarded the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu with its highest rating of Good in overall crash tests, with the score of Good in small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, head restraints and seats, and front crash protection. The Malibu was named an llHS Top Safety Pick.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.