Striking styling distinguishes the Chevrolet Malibu, complete with sumptuous curves that evoke the luxurious Audi A7. Beyond the style there is true substance, with a comfortable ride, an almost absurdly quiet cabin, and undaunting controls. And, compared to the previous model, the rear seat now has more room. But there are several form and functional setbacks that result from this swoopy look, most notably visibility.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very good around town drivability and power for such a small engine (turbo obviously is the key here). Steering is little light, but handles well."

Bill L., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Our Malibu is a hybrid. It handles well and acceleration is competitive with regular models."

John K., WA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"With the optional 2.0L Turbo engine it is extremely quick and agile."

Anonymous, LA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It drives very smoothly. The engine auto-stop is a little annoying. It takes some getting used to."

Debra Z., IN (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I previously mentioned that I do not like the Auto Stop function at all."

Jane S., MD (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car drives and handles really great. Acceleration is amazing"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very surprised at the acceleration of the 1.5 l turbo. Feel like you are driving a V6."

Delbert G., OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very competent handling. Great acceleration. Best transmission I have ever experienced"

Roger B., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I hate that the car turns itself off at stop lights and signs."

Donna E., PA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Just love the total package"

George B., MD (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I had a Chevy Cruze and traded it on the 2017 Malibu. much more room, in the Malibu seating area and in the trunk. A little less gas mileage with the Malibu ( about 4 mpg) but the ride is so much more comfortable and the vehicle handles really nice with a smooth ride and it takes the bumps well. Very happy with the Malibu..."

Duane L., TN (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The acceleration is very good and we get good gas millage."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"handling great! acceleration very good !"

Marie D., WI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good acceleration, ride and handling."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"the size and power are very good particularly considering the mileage"

David P., MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Power from the 2.0 turbo is impressive. Very quick acceleration when passing on 2 lane roads adds to the overall feeling of safety. Handling and braking is firm controlled and confidence inspiring, especially for a fwd mid size sedan."

Roger B., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very quick acceleration (hard to believe it's only an I-4, Fun to drive"

Ted J., BC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Love this car - has lots of zip for being a 4 cylinder."

Diana Q., IL (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration is smooth and quick. Trnasmission shifts quickly and qietly"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"1.5 turbo engine weak and loud."

Tom M., NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very sporty handling, good acceleration (I had a ‘14 Regal turbo and there’s less turbo lag w the Malibu when using regular gas - the Buick recommended premium and when using regular the turbo lag was noticeable. Not so much w the ‘17 Malibu). I’m very happy with how it drives and handles. Fuel economy has been better that was posted on the sticker."

Mark N., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Powerful acceleration. Very precise steering and handling"

Peter T., VA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"acceleration excellent with the 1.5 turbo, handling is smooth and responsive"

Lee G., NJ (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Excellent. Not the fastest I ever owned but meets my needs."

Eliot G., MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"As I just mentioned, I was shocked to find in a couple of instances that, while driving up an incline at freeway speeds, the tires felt like I was driving over a washboard and the steering while vibrated heavily. I was afraid that I was going to lose control of the car. I had to reduce my speed considerably. I decided that this was unacceptably dangerous so I traded the Malibu in for a new 2017 Buick Lacrosse. I only had the Malibu for 3 months."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration very fast"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert are my favorite features; I use them all the time!"

Darrell T., CA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"A great feeling of how to handle while driving easily."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"1.8 liter engine offers reasonable acceleration for a hybrid, returning good fuel economy."

Jeffrey W., ON (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car handles well. For such a tiny engine acceleration is brisk and the fuel mileage is very good. I have averaged over 35 mpg since new."

Gregg H., MN (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The acceleration from a start is ok, but with the turbo it had too long of a delay at speed where it's just too much lag. I'd rather just have a V6 or 4 cylinder without the turbo"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"For a good-sized car with a small engine, the car accelerates very well. Of course, the turbo helps a bit with that. Handling is very secure and inspires moderate confidence. Turn in is quick. The steering is a little light for my taste, but still good. Very stable car. Ride strikes a nice sporty/controlled/smooth balance. Its far from a sports car, but it doesn't wallow around the road either."

Bill L., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Powerful, smooth acceleration, handles very nicely"

Nate G., NM (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Auto stop feature for saving gas makes the ride very rough and very annoying. I would not have purchased the car if I had known this could not be disconnected."

Jane S., MD (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very comfortable and the easiest car to get in and out of the vehicle."

Delbert G., OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats provide comfortable support for long trips."

John K., WA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Just brand new one. We need to experience little further like 6 or 9 months more on the road and will be able to tell you how we like it."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Everything is great about this car except there is a lot of tire and road noise coming into car from the rear especially on course pavement."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"very comfortable seats with many adjustments, smooth ride and minimal outside noise"

Lee G., NJ (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Comfort ,seats and ride are excellent, however there is a lot of road noise on a rough surface asphalt. On new surface asphalt there is little or no road noise. The sound just resonates through the whole car. Appears to come more from the rear of the car. I wonder if it is lack of insulation around the bottom of the trunk and fender wells, or could it be the tires ??"

Anonymous, PE (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very comfortable seats. Tires, at 30,000 miles are getting noisy with road hum. Ride is comfortable and reliable for long trips of 200 miles or more."

Arthur J., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"We traded in a 2014 Chevrolet Volt, and the primary advantage of the Malibu was that our college-age kid was much more comfortable in the back seat of the Malibu, and my wife was more comfortable and could ingress/egress easier in the Malibu."

David P., MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The transmission is lousy. It jerks and the downshifting is horrible. The transmission won't last 50,000 miles due to it being so jerky and uncomfortable. The Chevy dealer said it's normal. I'll never own another GM again."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"air conditioning could be better. would like the center vents more in center of counsel. either above or below touch screen"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The top of the seat back curves forward and pushes your upper back and neck forward wich forces a uncomfortable curve in your back."

Harold T., CA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great lumbar support"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"There is no outside noise penetration. The suspension soaks up our dreadfully bumpy local roads and the heated seats are a big plus in the winters here."

Richard K., MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It was noisier than I had expected. Part of the problem was defective gas engine mounts that were replaced under warranty. (The dealer noted that there was no bulletin about this problem.) It seems to me that the noise has not been adequately reduced and I have an appointment for this Thursday with the dealer's service department—who are very good, bu the way. (Elm Chevrolet, Elmira, NY)"

Donald M., NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I just finished a trip of about 1800 miles. I never felt unduly tired during the long day drives."

Bob D., GA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"quiet, comfortable, easy to adjust"

Mike B., BC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"seats are cheap not comfortable.road noise loud inside of car"

William F., OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Roomy and quiet."

Paul L., IL (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"outstanding ride"

Miguel P., NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I was shocked when driving at freeway speed up an incline several times and the car started vibrating like I was driving over a washboard, including the steering wheel vibrating heavily. I was concerned that I might lose control of the car. I decided to trade the car in on a new 2017 Buick Lacrosse which handled much better and had a few extra safety devices. I only had the Malibu for 3 months."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very comfortable front and back, makes an excellent road trip car. Lots of room,"

Ted J., BC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"seats small and lack support. Noise is minimal, ride is smooth"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"acceleration noise of motor very loud"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"quite comfortable ride with the leather seats. lumbar function makes even long drives pleasant on my back"

George M., CO (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"My Chevy Malibu replaced 2011 Chevy Cruze. The Malibu seats are considerably more comfortable. The cabin is much quieter, and the ride is smoother."

James M., WI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seated high and comfortable. The ride is great. The noise, I am not too sure since we are hearing impaired."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The seats are very comfortable. There is lots of leg and head room in both the front and back seats. The noise level is very good. For the most part, road noise is very low, with the exception of that on some surfaces, the tires make a little more noise (whining sound) than on other surfaces, which is noticeable. The Malibu has a very comfortable ride, even on bumpy roads."

Glenn W., NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I think there is room for improvement in the seat design for this vehicle. The front seats are too narrow and the bottom cushion feels short to me. Rear legroom is good. Much better than the 2013 Malibu I owned previously. Wind noise is very well controlled and the overall ride is good."

Gregg H., MN (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seat's too low and I get back aches. on 30 min or greater trips. Bump my head getting in front. Poor visibility turning head to see side of car area."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I have owned several midsize cars and this was the best. I can drive 800 miles straight without cramping and the car is the quietest."

Eliot G., MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Excellent front sears. Good rear-seat legroom. Firm ride. Fairly quiet"

Peter T., VA (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Higher road / wind noise than expected at highway speeds. Comfortable seats and ride."

Anonymous, MT (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"comfortable seats. vehicle rides comfortably on bumpy roads"

Tom M., NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I took advantage of end of model year pricing, discounts, used GM credit card credit ($700) when combined made pricing close to the 2-3 year old used cars I was looking at."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great value vehicle. Features, quality, styling are all on par with best in class."

Bill L., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Easiest car to negotiate price on. Best price for midsize sedan. seats five adults. Great gas mileage. Turbocharged engine moves car quickly. Like the rear camera safety feature."

John W., IL (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Well equipped for the price paid. Very satisfied overall"

Roger B., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Excellent gas mileage with hybrid. Final price & financing at 0% for 5 years. Roomy front seat with lots of leg room. Roomy back seat ."

Anonymous, BC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I have been impressed with the hand lane and economy of the Malibu. When I’m traveling on regular 55 mph road, I often exceed 40 miles per gallon. A little less than that on freeways. And yet it has plenty of power for passing or other maneuvers."

James M., WI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The car gets great mileage. Fully loaded at $30000 getting 52 mpg is great. Very pleased."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I got this for a good price, but the cost of usage is the real savings. For long trips on good conditions, I am getting in the range of 47 mpg. For short winter local traffic, 27-28. Overall 34. No warranty or other work than oil change"

David P., MI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"We cross-shopped the usual suspects in the class (Accord, Camry, etc.) but the Malibu was by far the better value and it is a surprisingly very good car for a company that has been known for building xxxxxxx cars over the years."

Bill L., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Love the styling, very comfortable, great safety features - adaptive cruise control, blind spot indicators, lane keep assist, quiet, first road trip of 2500 miles I got as much as 37 mpg on the highway (36.5 overall w city driving). The adaptive cruise control actually makes using the cruise control usable when’s there’s a lot of traffic."

Mark N., TX (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Has most features found on a Cadillac"

Anonymous, SC (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Price very reasonable for what you get"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Hybrid model provides expected mileage, and fuel savings."

Paul L., IL (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good car for a good price. Has all the features I want for not a lot of money."

Chris H., IN (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Really nice 2 litre motor and 9 speed transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I am very pleased with the value that we received for the money we spent for our 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. It is a very stylish, comfortable vehicle, with lots of room, and is flexible for cargo storage. It gets great gas mileage, (44 to 45 highway and 25 to 35 city). It has many modern features, like Android Auto, Auto stop (to conserve gas), handles is very well, and is fun to drive. We are very happy with this vehicle and will probably get another one when the time comes to replace this one."

Glenn W., NY (2017 Chevrolet Malibu)

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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