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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Road Test Review

When Chevrolet first rolled out a Malibu Hybrid back in 2008, it was referred to as a “mild hybrid” with fuel economy ratings of 26 city / 34 highway miles per gallon. At the time, it presented little competition to the hybrid fuel economy leading Toyota Prius. Flash forward to the present day and it’s a very different story. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is a contender, with EPA ratings of 47 city / 46 highway. I spent a week with the Malibu Hybrid producing two videos and was very impressed. This first video is a backroad/small town hybrid “stunt drive” where I use a conservative driving approach to ascertain the hybrid drive train’s potential for high MPGs:


The second video is a traditional review that I produced for Autobytel:

The Malibu Hybrid is a compelling choice. It’s stealthy, smooth, stylish and equipped with a host of high-tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. If you’re in the market for a mid-size hybrid sedan, you’ll want to drive the Malibu Hybrid against the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Kia Optima Hybrid.

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2 comments ↓

#1 Westonstarauto on 10.10.16 at 6:48 am

This seems greatly improved over the previous Malibu. However, why did the make both the trunk and fuel tank soooo small.

#2 mpg-o-editor on 10.10.16 at 7:29 am

@Westonstarauto – The gas tank is 13 gallons and the combined fuel economy rating is 46 MPG. That’s nearly 600 miles of range. I don’t have a problem with that. =) The cargo capacity is significantly smaller than the non-hybrid 11.6 cubic feet vs 15.8 … this is an issue with most hybrids. The battery pack has to go somewhere and it usually encroaches on the trunk space.

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