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Plantation, FL 33317
The 2018 Malibu gets an appearance package called Redline, but otherwise it's unchanged.
The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo four making 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, working with a 6-speed automatic. The 1.5-liter gets 30 miles per gallon combined, the 2.0-liter gets 26 mpg, and the hybrid gets 46 mpg.
The stronger engine is a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and feels like a V6. It's mated to a 9-speed automatic.
There's also a Malibu Hybrid, with a 1.8-liter engine making 182 horsepower, tied or wired to two electric motors with a battery pack.
Malibu gets five stars in crash testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Top Safety Pick award.
There are quite a few active safety features available in the top models. Malibu's systems work in a manner that might be described as subtle and firm. Not all such systems are the same, some seem to be always snatching at you and scolding you.
A Front Pedestrian Alert can identify pedestrians ahead, and brake automatically. Adaptive cruise control works with front automatic braking. Also offered are blind-spot monitoring with lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and active lane keep with lane-departure warning. Front and rear parking sensors are available, as is automatic parking assist.
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- Child Safety Door Locks
- Driver Airbag
- Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat
- Front Power Lumbar Support
- Front Side Airbag
- Passenger Airbag
- Power Windows
- Run Flat Tires
- Side Head Curtain Airbag
- Telescopic Steering Column