2018 Chevrolet Malibu: A Trim Comparison

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The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is not only an incredible value, but it also has a safety rating of five stars according to U.S. News & World Report. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular sedans on the market. Five trims give plenty of options for creating a specification that’s just right for you.


The L trim starts at $22,555 and comes with few frills. Despite this, it’s a quality option because it comes with necessities you need for your vehicle. The best highlights include a six-speaker sound system, carpeted floor mats, daytime running lamps, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu L also comes with an OnStar Basic Plan for five years and a limited trial service of the OnStar Guidance Plan. One thing the Chevrolet Malibu excels at is great fuel economy. This trim can get up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.


The LS comes with a few more features, which increases the MSRP to $24,100. Two highlights include the addition of a rear-vision camera and Chevrolet MyLink Radio, which allows drivers to connect their phones through Bluetooth, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay. OnStar 5G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi are final touches that make the LS a great option for someone who wants to save money without sacrificing features.


The LT starts at $26,000 and has a few more features that make it safer and more convenient to drive. The best feature is the inclusion of SiriusXM radio, but the LS also adds LED daytime running lamps, heated power-adjustable mirrors, and Driver Express-Up power window. There are additional upgrade offerings, but they may not be worth the money if you don’t crave power-adjustable mirrors or heated seating.


If you’re worried about the environment, Chevrolet Malibu has a Hybrid option that starts at $28,750. It gets an impressive estimated 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. It also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control to keep everyone in the cabin comfortable at the same time. As for features, you can expect to get everything you can find on the LT model.


If you want all the premium features standard, the Premier trim is for you. It starts at $31,850 and is worth every penny. Some of the highlighted features include heated driver and front passenger seats, a 4.2-inch color driver information center, remote start, and a Bose premium nine-speaker sound system. The Premier trim will also feel luxurious with the addition of a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. You can also expect the Premier to come with a stronger 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It’s capable of 250 horsepower while managing fuel economy of up to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

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