|2018 Chevrolet Impala||vs.||2017 Chevrolet Malibu|
|22 city / 30 hwy||Fuel Economy||27 city / 36 hwy|
|197 hp||Horsepower||160 hp|
|191 lb-ft||Torque||184 lb-ft|
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For those who love a good car, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu really hit the sweet spot. It has an affordable price, outstanding features, a great safety record, and a just-right mix of performance and economy. You could say the same things and even more about the 2018 Chevrolet Impala. How do you decide? Well, you can get a sneak peek at this review, but a test drive will reveal all of its secrets.
On the 2018 Impala, a speedy four-cylinder cranks out 197 horsepower but earns 30 mpg highway. It can reduce your city fuel consumption with its stop-start technology. Instead of getting 0 mpg at red lights, the car will pause the engine and allow you to save every time. If you are a driving enthusiast, you may be more interested in the available V6. There are 305 horses under the hood. Remarkably, it still earns 28 mpg on the highway. The I-4 engines are LS and LT standards while the V6 is a Premier standard.
Since it’s smaller, the Malibu can do a lot with its 160-horsepower engine. This turbo kicks out 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the power, 2017 Malibus tend to lead their segment in fuel economy. The Malibu Hybrid is quite remarkable, too. The combination of electric motor, hybrid battery, and turbo powertrain earn 182 horsepower and a whopping 277 lb.-ft. of torque. The top performer is another turbo that cranks out 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
Malibus come in four editions while the 2018 Impalas come in three. The base edition of the Impala, in fact, was upgraded for the 2018 year to make it more of a premium offering. This means that while the second-tier Malibu has a touchscreen, the base Impala now has the same thing. In fact, it has the whole MyLink system including Android Auto and its rival Apple CarPlay in the same system. Impala LS editions also added a rearview camera, push button start and more sound insulation this year. Likewise, the 2018 Impala LT and Premier editions move a little more upscale as well with offerings like ventilated seats and all-leather interiors.
Still, 2017 Malibus are considered value packages by reviewers who appreciate all of their standard features. While you can’t get everything that a 2018 Impala offers, you can get heated seats, leather upholstery, and other amenities. The less expensive Malibu offers more flexibility for those on a budget while the Impala’s value pricing keeps it affordable.
Ten airbags signify Chevy’s commitment to your safety, regardless of your choice of vehicles. The 2017 Malibu and 2018 Impala proudly earned five stars from the federal safety inspectors. A suite of crash avoidance systems are available on both models depending on the trim level and package. This means you can get a blind spot monitor to help you avoid common causes of side swipe accidents. To help you avoid even more accident situations, there’s a lane departure warning. Expanding that, there is a forward collision watch to alert you to dangers. The adaptive cruise control system includes an auto-brake for emergency situations.
With Chevy’s commitment to quality, the 2017 Malibu and 2018 Impala are truly equal. The decision comes down to your lifestyle. Stop by Mountain View Chevy to get a closer look.Schedule Test Drive
MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.