There was a time not that long ago when hybrids were a rare sight. They were new and different and there weren’t a heck of a lot of choices. Today there are loads of choices from small, compact cars to large SUVs. This includes plenty of sedans like the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid.
The competition is tough here with the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry competing for your money. The Malibu has to find a way to differentiate itself from the rest and make it your choice for a hybrid sedan.
Styling on the Malibu is reserved. It doesn’t scream hybrid and could easily be taken as a good old gas vehicle. The Malibu doesn’t aim for sporty, which makes it different from the other guys. Let’s face it, hybrids are not all about speed. The Malibu embraces that notion with styling that’s reserved and relaxed without unnecessary flash.
If you’re buying a hybrid, then you’re keenly focused on fuel economy. Sure, you may be hoping to save the planet, too, but avoiding the gas station as much as possible is a nice perk. The Malibu has a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine with an electric motor that delivers 182 horsepower with an automatic, two-motor drive, hybrid transmission. It’s smooth, responsive, and delivers 46 mpg combined. That’s an impressive number compared to the other guys.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 43/49 city/highway
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid 43/41 city/highway
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid 42/38 city/hghway
If your’re doing lots of city driving, they’re all pretty close. If you’re spending lots of time cruising the highway, then the Chevrolet Malibu is the clear winner. It might win on fuel efficiency, but what about price?
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid $28,750
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid $25,295
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid $26,690
Now things are tricky. Comparing these three cars in their base models shows the Malibu’s pricing is a good bit higher. That’s a premium of $3,500 over the Fusion, which can make crunching the numbers to find the best deal tough.
All three of these hybrids get great fuel economy, come with a wide range of safety and convenience features, and offer comfortable rides. Look carefully at how much you drive and what type of driving you do every day. Stop and go traffic in rush hour commutes or congested city roads may negate the Malibu’s stellar highway numbers. If, however, you spend a considerable amount of time on the highway, the Malibu’s higher price tag could be made up in fuel savings.
Gone are the days when hybrids were rare and choices were few. Today, hybrids are everywhere. The Chevrolet Malibu hybrid comes at a premium, but with fuel economy that sets it apart from the rest.