Sacramento, California – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experienced this at car rental counters at airports across the nation … A prospective auto renter is pondering myriad options, and then, unprompted, suddenly says: “Hey, do you have a Chevy Malibu?”
That, more than anything I can think of, is the best example of the midsize
sedan’s cover-all-the-bases appeal. Malibu
Yeah, it fits. The
satisfies on all levels: just the
right size, good trunk space, room for adults, good engine power, admirable reliability
and on and on … Malibu
And if you’re getting a fuel-sipping hybrid version of the
, you’re even further ahead in the
That was my week recently, tooling a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan around
Yes, that hybrid package with the 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine matched with a two-motor drive unit translated to a bottom line of $33,620 on the tester’s sticker. Full disclosure: My ride also had a long list of optional extras.
The bonus on the hybrid technology: 47 miles per gallon in the city and 46 mpg on the highway.
was changed from
the ground up – the 2017 model is virtually identical to the 2016 version – and
the extensive tweaks included a longer wheelbase, a curb weight loss of nearly
300 pounds and numerous technology/entertainment upgrades. Malibu
All that was very cool, but for me, the new ’Bu’s familiar agility and easy steering were the top bragging points.
The hybrid’s power plant also featured Chevy’s “Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery” technology, which employs exhaust heat to warm the engine and interior cabin. This fact wows passengers every time.
Another cool fact: the 80-cell, 1.5 kilowatt-hour ion battery pack providing electric power to the
Malibu’s hybrid system generates enough
oomph to power the
up to 55 miles per hour on electricity alone. Malibu
Beyond the technology front, the tested
had plenty of old-school amenities to add to my enjoyment. Malibu
The perks list included power/heated exterior mirrors, power lumbar support in the driver’s seat and a thorough, helpful driver information center.
For the record, the
extensive safety package is bolstered by a top-level, five-star, overall safety rating
from the feds. Malibu
All in all, the
impress, at rental counters and on the roadways. Malibu