Chevrolet Malibu LT Sedan 4D
ProsSpacious interior with tall-person-friendly front seats
- sporty handling around turns
- the hybrid version is respectably quick to accelerate
- strong brakes
- responsive and intuitive 8-inch touchscreen interface with sharp graphics.
ConsMediocre acceleration from a base 1.5-liter engine
- some low-speed lurches from the transmission
- base L trim is cheap but too sparsely equipped
- touchscreen prone to harsh reflections and obscuring fingerprints
- distracting sun reflections from interior trim and thick roof pillars can obscure visibility.
What's New for 2017Chevrolet has discontinued the feature-heavy 2LT trim and replaced the Premier trim level's previous eight-speed automatic with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, the Chevrolet Malibu is unchanged for 2017.
Introduction"Malibu" might evoke images of the glittering surf, narrow mountain roads and perfectly chiseled bodies of the ritzy California beach town, but the name has also been synonymous with Chevrolet for more than 50 years. During that period, the car's appeal and quality have varied, but we're glad to see that the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu goes a long way toward erasing memories of its most recent vanilla past.Redesigned just last year, this newest Malibu stands out with its angular front fascia, hood streaks and a slight upturn on the trunk lid. To our eyes, it's one of the more handsome midsize sedans available this year. 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. All but the most basic of Malibus come with a large central touchscreen loaded with Chevy's simple yet robust MyLink system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone technologies.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and OptionsThe 2017 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan is offered in four main trim levels: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The Hybrid is a stand-alone trim level.The base L comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, manual front-seat height adjusters, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, OnStar, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker audio system.The LS adds 16-inch alloy wheels, laminated (i.e. quieter) side windows and windshield, 4G LTE connectivity with mobile Wi-Fi, a rearview camera, Bluetooth streaming audio and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.Upgrading to the LT trim adds 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, ambient interior lighting, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), rear climate vents and satellite radio.The Hybrid is essentially equal to the LT, though it does come standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and an electronic parking brake.
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