2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review
This review was written when the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was new.
The Malibu Hybrid has many of the winning attributes of its gas-engine model-mate, including a comfortable ride with reasonable power and pleasing looks. But its not the best option for those concerned with fuel efficiency.
Early reviews of the 2008 Chevy Malibu Hybrid appear to be on the fence on the car's value. Although it's a cheaper option than most hybrid vehicles and its driving dynamics are generally smoother, auto experts find the Malibu Hybrid is not as fuel efficient as other hybrid models -- only achieving an estimated 24/32 mpg city/highway compared to the Toyota Camry Hybrid's 33/34 city/highway. Plus it's harder to get; currently, the Malibu Hybrid is only sold in eleven markets scattered around the Northeast and West Coast.
Many reviewers suggest you save money and select a conventional Chevrolet Malibu if you like the hybrid model's style and performance. If you like the idea of hybrid technology, consider the high-ranking 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid or the recently released 2009 Camry Hybrid.
- "The style will turn few heads, but it is handsome enough; the interior is attractive and generally comfortable for four and it is a winner in the market place; which is all that matters if you are GM." -- Marketwatch
- "A Toyota Camry Hybrid would get better even mileage…but the Toyota's base price is about $1000 more than the Malibu Hybrid's." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, while very inexpensive, doesn't get much value from its hybrid system, and its cabin tech is only a little better than average." -- CNET
- "A smoother powertrain makes for a nice Malibu but still not a great hybrid." -- Car and Driver