The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned in 2016 to be a little sexier and to better compete with other mid-sized sedans. Compete it did, and the 2017 version changes little on that success. There are four basic trim levels, starting with the basic L package, and then going to the 1LS, the 1LT, and the Hybrid before topping out with the nearly-luxurious Premier. There is one version of the LT this year, combining the two that were available in 2016. Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu trim levels, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Trim levels

  • L Trim
  • 1LS
  • 1LT
  • Hybrid
  • Premier

L Trim

The L trim level is the most basic trim package you can get with a Malibu. It starts with a 1.5 liter direct-injection engine that has 160 horsepower. It has a six-speed automatic transmission. The L series has daytime LED running lights and power adjustable mirrors, along with 16-inch black wall tires that come standard with steel wheel covers. The audio system has six speakers and On-Star guidance system for three months. A safety feature added this year is an audible reminder to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. The L level Malibu is rated at 36 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 in city driving.


  • 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Rear seat audible reminder
  • 16-inch steel wheels

1LS Trim

The 1LS has the same engine and six-speed transmission as the L trim, along with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes. 16-inch aluminum wheels are available as an option on this trim level. The 1LS trim also includes a MyLink radio with an 8-inch color touch screen, as well as Wi-Fi with 4G LTE built in. A safety added feature is the rear view camera.


  • Built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Rear-view camera
  • Aluminum wheels available as an option

1LT Trim

The 1LT continues the electronic upgrades on the Malibu with a side blind zone alert and lane change alert system available as an option. Pedestrian detection and rear cross traffic alerts are also options. The 1LT also offers the option of low speed forward automatic braking, forward collision alert and parking assist. Several options are available for the 1LT, which are not available on lower trims. Options include a color display information center, a 120 volt power outlet, remote starter system and a leather covered steering wheel and shift knob. Dual USB ports are also options, but Sirus XM Satellite radio is standard. There are also more options with wheels. A 17-inch aluminum wheel is standard, and 16 and 17 inch wheels are options.


  • Sirus XM Satellite Radio
  • Options of collision alert and automatic braking
  • 120 volt power outlet


The Hybrid is the next step up in more ways than one. Using the latest in technology, the Malibu Hybrid offers a combination of electricity and gas to power the vehicle. 17-inch all season tires are standard and the only option available. The Hybrid utilizes a 1.8 4-cylinder engine with turbocharger, as well as an electrical power system. It has an automatic transmission that uses two motors. It is rated at 43-49 miles per gallon. The Hybrid has a little less horsepower, but still gets to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. Things like heated seats, driver information display center and remote starter systems are options on the hybrid, as well. Sirus XM radio is also available, and the Hybrid adds the possibility of a nine-speaker Bose sound system. A teen driver safety system is standard, and provides warnings when safety features are activated, along with seat belt warnings and a warning when speed limits are exceeded.


  • Hybrid engine
  • Bose 9-speaker sound system
  • Fuel economy 43-49 miles per gallon


The Premier has as standard what most of the other trim levels only have as options, all with an added touch of luxury. The Premier trim has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that offers a sporty feel, with 250 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. The Premier also sports a nine-speed transmission. Heated seats, remote starting, and the Bose 9-speaker sound system are all standard on the Premier. The 18-inch wheels are standard, and 19-inch wheels are available. Aluminum wheels are also options. The MyLink Radio with navigation and an 8-inch color touch screen are also standard. Dual USB charging ports are available and Satellite radio is standard. The Premier also has distance indicators, forward collision alert, front automatic braking, parking assist and lane assist as options available. The Teen Driver Package is standard on the Premier.


  • 2.0 liter four cylinder engine
  • 18 and 19-inch wheels available
  • Dual USB charging ports


No matter which 2017 Chevrolet Malibu trim level you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the performance, power and sleek design the Malibu offers. Keep in mind that rebates and incentives may be available, which may allow you to go up a trim level without spending more at the dealership!