We Purchased this vehicle on the 28th of November after trading in a 2012 Malibu lt That had 72000 miles on it. We chose the LS model as our new replacement because of the the options that we could get for the money. Unfortunately i think we should have done more research. At 489 miles the check engine light came on. I took the car in to be serviced and i was told that there was gas vapors escaping from the gas cap and that is what was causing the check engine light to come on. I was told that the part would be ordered but it would take a couple of weeks to get in. I can not believe this is happening on a brand new car. I purchases my 2012 Malibu as a second owner with 42000 miles on it and not once did i have a check engine light come on. i pray that this is the only problem and that i will be fixed soon. this has been the only problem that we have had with the car other than that the 1.5 liter engine is good. Its not overly quick but you have plenty of passing power on the highway. I have a heavy foot and i like to drive cautiously fast however i have not once had to floor the accelerator, the 1.5 liter gets you up to speed quickly and the brakes are nice and firm for whenever you have that driver that's not paying attention to the road. the android auto is a great feature that was added for the 2017 Ls model it helps keep the driver focused on the road all you have to say is " Ok Google" and the vehicle activates voice command. I wish the tire noise was reduced however different tires may decrease the sound. Gas mileage is good i am averaging 22.8 so far but we live In Midtown Atlanta so its mostly city driving. Overall We love this car just troubled that we are already having problems.
My first car was a 2001 Chevy Cavalier LS bought brand new. Being my first car, I was very proud of it. I remember going in to the break room and reading a review from a car magazine on my 15 minute break at work. The only things it said were "Mostly plastic. Feels cheap." I went out to my car after work and sat in the driver's seat. It was mostly plastic. My sister 2 years later got a brand new Hyundai Elantra. It had a sunroof, it was a much better car than mine. I remember my dad saying "It's a shame that America can't make a decent car like Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai." This is also when the Daewoo cars started being sold as well. $11,000 got you a better quality car than an $18,000 Chevy! Then came the bailout. My next car was a 2008 Impala. WOW! You can feel the difference. Every car after (especially my 2014 Malibu LT) has been a step up. Take this car and put it up against a BMW. Whoever is designing these things, has their finger on the pulse of the younger consumer (I'm no longer in my 20s). It has Bose speakers, Apple Car Play, wireless phone charger (the plug in piece for my phone costs $12 on Amazon), unlimited 4GLTE wifi on your car for $20 a month, etc. The only thing I would do differently is I would get the 2.0 Turbo engine instead of the 1.5 Turbo (my last Impala had I think it was a 2.2 L Engine) and there is a difference in power.
Ride comfort and quietness is good - road noise is noticably better suppressed on coarse road surfaces than comparable Asian models like the Camry and Sonata. Interior looks and feels fairly rich with a fair amount of soft touch surfaces and nice looking and feeling cloth inserts. Seats are reasonably comfortable but seat bottoms could use more padding to reduce pressure points on longer trips. Overall this 2017 Malibu is competitive with its Asian competiton except, of course, on the thorny issue of long term mechanical component reliability and durability which also reduces Malibu's resale value.
This is my 3rd Malibu. 2013,2014,2017. This is by far the best of the 3. I read all over the internet about the 1.5l being to under power. The 0 to 60 for my little turbo is 8.0 seconds. Here is about a dozen cars we view as classic sports cars with the 0 to 60 times. Now tell me my 1.5l turbo 4 is MEDIOCRE. 1974 Camaro Z28 8.0, 1976 Corvette 8.0, 1982 Corvette 9.1, 1983 Camaro 9.4, 1983 Datsun 280ZX 9.3, 1964 Dodge Dart GT 8.1, 1974 Dodge Challenger 9.5, 1977 Ferrari 308 8.1, 1966 Mustang 10.8, 1966 Barracuda 12.4, 1967 Barracuda 13.5, 1981 Saab 900 Turbo 11.3. I will take all the safety and tech options of my 2017. Drive a 2017 Malibu. If you think it's to slow. Go to your local auto auction and get one of the classic sports car listed above. You will really know what slow is then.