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Midsize sedan shoppers should definitely consider the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. It's been a standout in the class since its full redesign two years ago, a complete reversal from just a few years ago. Chevrolet's redesign made the new Malibu a much more stylish car and gave it an appealing cabin with more space than many other sedans. The 2018 Malibu stands apart from most midsize sedans for its entertaining feel on the road that even extends to the frugal hybrid version.
Behind the handsome new front end, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu has a choice of three engines: two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter, making 160 and 250 horsepower, respectively, and a hybrid setup that makes 182 hp and an impressive 277 pound-feet of torque. The optional 2.0-liter offers brisk acceleration, but, thanks to its smooth power delivery and comparable handling, we think the Hybrid is the most pleasing version of the Malibu. Even better, it returns 46 mpg combined (49 city/43 highway).
Aside from the Hybrid (which offer similar features and options to the 1LT trim), the 2018 Malibu has four trim levels: L, LS, 1LT and Premier. The base L trim is disappointingly spare, offering little in the way of amenities beyond air-conditioning, cruise control and a push-button start. It has a Bluetooth phone connection, but no Bluetooth audio streaming.
The LS and 1LT trims will be the most popular versions of the Malibu sedan, offering more features at a reasonable price. Both come with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 7-inch touchscreen display, as well as a rearview camera and more sound insulation to keep the sedan's cabin quiet.
A number of packages are available to upgrade the 1LT with more tech, more active safety features, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker Bose stereo. Like the L, both the LS and 1LT are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Buyers looking for fuel efficiency and smooth performance should give the Malibu Hybrid a look. It offers the same features as the 1LT and can be upgraded with the same packages.
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Premier gets all of the 1LT's standard equipment, along with much of its optional technology and luxury upgrades like an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and leather seats. It also gets the potent 2.0-liter engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. It's the priciest version of the Malibu, but it also has a lot to offer.
Thanks to its refined driving experience, convenient features and roomy cabin, the newest Malibu manages to stand tall in a crowded and competitive segment. Make sure to read the full Edmunds review to find the trim that's right for you, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.