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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

#4 in Midsize Cars Overall Score: 8.6 / 10
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$27,770 - $27,770
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Overview

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ranks 4 out of 18 Midsize Cars.

According to critics, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid’s ride is comfortable, its powertrain smooth, and its fuel efficiency class-leading, but its trunk is small, and the interior material quality disappoints.

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SEATING


5

MPG


47

  CITY


46

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


124
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Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Simple cabin controls
  • Smooth powertrain transitions
  • Smaller trunk than most rival hybrids
  • Compromised rearward visibility
  • Some low-cost cabin materials

Notable for 2016

  • Fully redesigned

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Rankings and Research

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ranking is based on its score within the Midsize Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_5

Rankings

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

By Courtney Jones April 18, 2016

According to critics, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid’s ride is comfortable, its powertrain smooth, and its fuel efficiency class-leading, but its trunk is small, and the interior material quality disappoints.

Performance Summary

Powering the 2016 Malibu Hybrid are a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The Malibu Hybrid transitions seamlessly between gas and electric power, and unlike most hybrid cars, its regenerative brakes are smooth and provide consistent pedal feel. Performance-wise, there’s little difference between this and the gas-only model. Still, the Malibu Hybrid's engine can be noisy under hard acceleration, even though interior soundproofing keeps most of the noise outside.

Chevrolet estimates that the Malibu Hybrid gets 48/45 mpg city/highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the class, even among other hybrids. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid's ride feels gentle and serene over most surfaces, and its steering is well-weighted.

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Interior Summary

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid's interior features a stylish new dashboard layout, and its low position creates an expansive view of the road. However, the Malibu Hybrid's interior material quality remains unremarkable. Front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats have ample legroom for taller passengers, but the sloped rear roofline yields limited headroom for passengers and poor blind-spot visibility for the driver.

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid comes with a rearview camera, Chevy's MyLink Radio with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required), cruise control, and push-button start. Optional features include an 8-inch touch screen, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, semi-automatic parking assist, front and rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, front pedestrian braking, and low-speed automatic front braking.

The touch-screen menus feature large icons and bright graphics. The screen sits high on the dashboard and is easy for drivers to see and reach. If you share the family car with a new driver, the available Teen Driver system encourages safe driving by monitoring driving habits. The Malibu Hybrid's trunk is smaller than most in the class.

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  • "What buyers will get is a normal Malibu with the soul of a Volt, the space of a mid-size sedan, and nearly the fuel economy of the outgoing Prius. That's worth crowing about." -- Car and Driver
  • "GM has designed a practical and fuel efficient sedan with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid that can be equipped with some of the automaker's latest safety and infotainment technology." -- Motor Trend
  • "Overall, the new hybrid Malibu impressed us-especially at a starting price of $28,645. Its real-world fuel economy is likely to live up to its EPA ratings, minus the effects of cold weather, and it's a good-looking, comfortable, and competent car. It's more refined than the Camry Hybrid, has higher EPA ratings than the Fusion Hybrid, and much smoother operation than the single-motor hybrid systems used in the latest Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "If you're looking for a midsize sedan that isn't one of the usual Honda/Toyota/Hyundai choices, the 2016 Malibu offers not just an alternative, but a compelling choice in its own right. With a super fuel-efficient hybrid, plus tons of cool features, it's worth a look." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other Cars to Consider

The Ford Fusion Hybrid has a posh interior that features high-quality materials and an attractive center stack. It also transitions seamlessly between electric and gas power, and it feels agile through turns.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid has premium interior materials, and its seats are spacious in the front and rear. The Camry Hybrid also has an easy-to-use infotainment system and a smooth ride.

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Details: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid seats five and comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Front-wheel drive is standard. The gas-only Chevrolet Malibu is reviewed separately. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid had a production hiatus from 2010 through 2015 and is completely redesigned for the 2016 model year.

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