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Overview (Final Score: B)
Chevrolet has tried to be a player in the midsize hybrid sedan class for a number of years with the likes of Malibu Hybrid and Eco models. Neither model made a dent due to poor performance and unimpressive fuel economy figures.
When it came to designing the new Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet decided to take some of the lessons and parts from the plug-in hybrid Volt. The end result is a very impressive hybrid sedan.
What We Love About the 2017Hybrid:
- Performance is surprising for a hybrid
- Can’t tell it’s a hybrid from the exterior
- Balanced ride and handling characteristics
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid:
- Small trunk
- Rear headroom is eaten up by sloping roof
- Somewhat high base price
Pricing and Value (9/10)
The Hybrid variant of the Malibu is one rung down from the top-trim Premier, with a starting price of $27,875 – the highest base price for a midsize hybrid sedan.
Our test vehicle came fully loaded with a leather package, the driver confidence package, convenience and technology package, and navigation to bring our as-tested price to $32,730 with destination. This is quite a good value when you take into account everything you get, such as heated leather seats, a Bose audio system, power adjustments for the front seats, the various safety features, and remote start to name a few.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (69/80, 86.25%)
TheHybrid is the sharpest looking midsize hybrid sedan on sale and is considered by many to have one of the best driving dynamics. However, the Fusion Hybrid trails the Malibu in fuel economy and performance. Kia’s Optima Hybrid offers a lot of equipment for the money and a lower starting price, but fuel economy figures are slightly lower and the brakes don’t feel linear. You may notice we don’t have the , or Hybrid here. That’s because all three have introduced redesigned versions that bring a number of improvements to the table. We hope to give you a better idea on these models in the near future.
The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is the new kid on the hybrid block and it makes a great first impression. A punchy powertrain, impressive fuel economy figures, competent chassis, and an exterior that doesn’t scream hybrid shows how far Chevrolet has come. The downsides are small with limited trunk space, tight headroom and a high base price.
From zero to possibly one of the best hybrid sedans, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is very much worth your consideration.
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