While most people in the car market right now are rushing out to buy larger crossover SUVs, thanks to lower gas prices, Chevrolet is quietly putting out a high-quality hybrid sedan that’s worth a look instead. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is packed full of cutting-edge tech in the engine, the interior, as well as in the safety features. The driveability is outstanding and worth it for those who are skeptical that gas prices will stay this low for long.
Because Chevy has already refined it, the Malibu shares key components of its engine with the Volt – like a Voltec drive unit that combines two electric motor/generators, two planetary gearsets, and much more under the hood. However, as an upgrade the Malibu has a 1.8-liter four cylinder that earns 122 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. And thanks to the little diet this model took – dropping 300 pounds from the curb weight – this car feels as zippy as any other in its class.
The best part is that it doesn’t feel like you’re driving a hybrid car. It cruises through all four hybrid modes without the noisiness that’s commonly heard from other notable hybrid sedans. It’s hard to believe that this is Chevrolet’s first non-plug-in hybrid car because it’s so well employed that you could easily think it’s a later generation.
Inside the cabin, there’s plenty of power and control to be had as well. An intuitive center console sports a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s available leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, power everything and a 60/40 folding seats in the rear. It also gets all the same safety features as the highly rated standard Malibu, like Teen Driver, adaptive cruise control, parallel parking assist, front and rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, front collision warning and braking, blind spot monitoring and more.
With 35 miles to the gallon and a 5-mile range of pure electric energy, you’ll definitely want to run out and get one of these. And if you hurry you can probably beat the crowds because they’re still looking at crossover SUVs. Shop our online inventory now and schedule a test drive today.
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