The numbers are in and they are looking good. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid at an estimated 47 mpg city, 46 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined, making it the most fuel-efficient car in its segment.
Though the numbers are just a bit shy of Chevrolet’s initial expectations (48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined), the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid—the Malibu Hybrid’s closest contenders—are only rated at an estimated 44 mpg combined and 42 mpg combined, respectively. In such a competitive segment, that puts the Malibu Hybrid far ahead of its rivals.
To make this happen, Chevrolet paired a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors, which produce 182 horsepower while drawing from a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. The Malibu Hybrid also features electric components from the Volt, including its regenerative braking capability.
Thanks to that 182 horsepower and instant torque from the electric motors, the Malibu Hybrid is just as fun to drive as it is efficient. See for yourself at Jeff Lungren Chevrolet!