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The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu takes cues its handsome, bigger brother--the full-size Impala--with better proportions, a longer body, and better interior layout that results in a sedan that's far from its malaise roots.
The new Malibu dives in with some subtle waves stamped into its sheetmetal and a gentle intersection of sculpting that conjures the "flame surfacing" BMW used to cut visual heft from its own cars. It's an imprint that we like, inside and out. It receives a 7 out of 10 on our scale for styling thanks to good ideas.
Most of the Malibu lineup is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4 that adequately subs in for the former 4-cylinder, paired to a 6-speed automatic. It's good for daily commutes and long slogs, only getting caught breathless up mountain grades or highway passes. Even wooded to the floor, the base turbo-4 is still relatively quiet.
It's a powertrain combination that we like, although we wouldn't call it best in class. We'll give the Malibu a point above base for good handling, largely thanks to its weight savings of 300 pounds.
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu received a redesign last year that rides atop a reworked platform. But gone are the days of its plus-size benfits from two generations ago. Even with a 3.6-inch wheelbase extension over its previous generation, the Malibu is still smaller than most mid-size competitors.
It's 3.6 inches longer between the wheels than the last generation (and 2.3 inches longer overall), but still in the smaller end of its class.
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