The most fuel-efficient Malibu ever is powered by GM’s eAssist hybrid system that uses a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. The Malibu Eco packs 182 horsepower and gets 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
The Malibu Eco is only a mild hybrid, but compares well to other full hybrids like the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. The Fusion Hybrid only gets 36 mpg and starts higher than the Malibu at $29,395. The Camry Hybrid starts a little higher than than the Malibu Eco at $26,660, but also gets one 1 mpg better at 39 mpg.
For those buyers that want a standard four-cylinder engine, GM will release a Malibu with a standard 190-hp 2.5L Ecotec four-cylinder next summer.
The 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco will arrive in Chevy dealerships in the first quarter of next year.