2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Priced At $28,645, Nation Furrows Brow
Chevrolet announced this week that its hybridized version of the mid-sized Malibu would start at $28,645 including destination, for a fuel-sipping, 48 city-mpg, long-legged miler with all kinds of good looks.
Those are the facts.
Also true: the Ford Fusion Hybrid is $3,585 less expensive (although it only manages 41 mpg in the city), the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is $1,810 less expensive (40 mpg city), the Toyota Camry Hybrid is $1,220 less dear (although it manages 43 mpg in the city) — so only the 50-mpg Honda Accord Hybrid starts at a higher price ($1,495 more).
The Malibu Hybrid will be available only in LT trim when it goes on sale in the spring.
The hybrid Malibu sedan sports a 1.8-liter turbo four and a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that can power the car alone up to 55 mph. According to Chevrolet, the car weighs 300 pounds less than its predecessor, but sports a 4-inch longer wheelbase.
The Malibu Hybrid will sport a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen (an 8-inch screen will be available) and LTE hotspot as standard.
A nation of potential mid-size hybrid buyers just wondered aloud if the mid-size, middle-priced Malibu Hybrid constituted a good deal from the Bow Tie brand.