2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review


As of December 2009, the Malibu Hybrid is widely available, but GM says it won't continue production in 2010. So, customers may be stuck with a car that is discontinued and difficult to service.

This mid-sized sedan was still available in late 2009, but GM says it won't continue production of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2010. So drivers may be stuck with a car that is difficult to service and hard to resell. That said, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid reviews at Hybridcars.com say the 2009 Malibu Hybrid is nimble, responsive, and comfortable. Hybrid cars reviews on Cars.com praise its ride quality but criticize the jerky transmission and unimpressive fuel economy.

The Malibu Hybrid is a "mild hybrid"; i.e., it relies on stop-start technology that shuts the engine down when the car is idling to avoid wasteful burning of fuel. As for fuel efficiency, the Malibu Hybrid is rated at 26/34 mpg, only four miles per gallon more than the non-hybrid Malibu. And that's the biggest reason to pass on this one, experts say; it's hard to justify spending more on the hybrid version for such little gain in fuel economy.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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