2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Hybrid Priced from $25,995
November 22, 2011 1:02 PM
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Malibu Eco gets good fuel economy and is cheaper than other midsized hybrids
With lawmakers in Washington setting their eyes on more stringent CAFE standards, Chevrolet is rolling its new 2013 Malibu Eco. The car promises fuel economy very much like that of other hybrids in its class without the extra cost associated with hybrid vehicles.
The new Malibu Eco will carry an MSRP of $25,995 when it lands in dealerships in Q1 2012 as a 2013 model -- the MSRP includes the destination charge.
Chevy calls the Malibu Eco the most fuel-efficient Malibu ever and it is the first Chevy to get the GM eAssist battery electric/gas powertrain. This powertrain uses a 182hp gasoline engine, lithium-ion battery and an electric motor/generator unit. The car also features regenerative braking, electric assist, and uses start-stop functionality to improve fuel economy.
To help improve the efficiency the Malibu Eco uses underbody aerodynamic enhancements and shutters in the lower grill that close at higher speeds. The car also shed weight to improve efficient with an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, and low mass carpeting and other light components. This helps the Eco come in at 130 pounds lighter than the normal Malibu.
The tech inside the car allows it to get fuel ratings estimated by GM to be 26mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway.
That efficiency level allows the Malibu Eco to offer similar highway efficiency compared to other hybrid and diesel cars. The
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
for instance gets 36 mpg (hwy) and sells for $29,395. The 2012 Camry Hybrid gets 39 mpg (hwy) with a MSRP of $26,660, and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sells for $26,545 and gets 40 mpg (hwy).
However, the Malibu Eco gets trounced by the competition when it comes to city fuel economy. While the Malibu manages "only" 26mpg in the city, the Fusion Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Sonata Hybrid offer city ratings of 41mpg, 43mpg, and 35mpg respectively.
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RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
11/23/2011 3:57:32 PM
this is innovative tech for 2011, why can't 2025's innovative tech be far superior?
RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
11/23/2011 6:27:54 PM
First of all, I want you to realize that I'm not accepting your premise that it's the Governments job to DECIDE vehicle technology or pick which one wins the market. Ok having said that...
The Prius went on sale in 1997. That's 14 years ago. Ironically enough, it will be 2025 14 years from today.
But think about it, in 14 years there have been practically NO advancements at all in vehicle fuel economy technology beyond hybrid technology. Notice I said "fuel economy", we're leaving EV cars out of this discussion.
So here you are telling me that in 14 more years, we're magically going to meet these numbers while not being forced into EV's are tiny death trap cars? Based on WHAT evidence?
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