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The Chevrolet Malibu provides a smooth ride and good gas mileage. It also has a large trunk and high safety and reliability scores. However, it's not that fun to drive, and the rear seats are short on legroom.

Is the Chevrolet Malibu a Good Used Car?

The Chevrolet Malibu is a good vehicle, and it's one of several midsize cars with strong overall scores in our rankings. This Chevrolet sedan seats five and has great cargo space. Its strong mpg ratings are appealing, as are its high safety and reliability ratings. This is a good car for shoppers concerned with value and practicality.

The Chevrolet Malibu features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine that puts out 196 horsepower. That’s enough power for any driving situation, but drivers looking for quicker acceleration will want the available 259-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth, timely shifts. Midsize cars are pretty fuel-efficient in general, but the Malibu’s mpg ratings are above average compared to the competition. With the base engine, the Malibu gets 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops by a few mpg with the turbocharged engine. Though it has decent power, the Chevy sedan isn't the most fun-to-drive car. The Malibu is composed around corners and its ride is relatively smooth, but other cars in the class are more athletic and engaging.


Like all midsize cars, the Chevrolet Malibu seats five. Its front row is generally comfortable, and the available power-adjustable seats make it easy to find a good driving position. The rear seats have plenty of headroom, but other cars in the class offer more rear legroom. The back seat features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats. The trunk has an excellent 16 cubic feet of room.

The Malibu's cabin is well-built and uses quality materials. Standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar, and satellite radio. Notable available features include navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, a sunroof, iPhone integration with Siri, and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. The touch screen’s controls might seem complex at first, but most find them easy to use after the initial learning curve. Chevrolet's MyLink system is user-friendly overall, though it's occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

How Safe Is the Malibu?

Virtually every midsize car gets good safety ratings, and the Malibu is no different. The Chevrolet sedan has one of the highest safety ratings in the class. It earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Though no driver assistance features come standard, the Malibu is available with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.