The Malibu is a comfortable and very quiet mid-sized sedan with a cushy ride and a well-finished interior. It offers three four-cylinder drivetrains, each paired with a six-speed automatic. The Eco version uses a mild-hybrid electric assist system that smoothly shuts off and seamlessly restarts the engine at idle. We got 29 mpg overall in our tests. The 2.5-liter engine returned 26 mpg. The quicker 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder gets 24 mpg. It is a comfortable and very quiet midsized sedan, with a cushy ride. Handling is sound, but gets soggy at its limits. Controls are simple and straightforward, but the backseat is cramped. Thankfully, trunk room is sufficient even in the hybrid. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a start/stop system will be the standard engine for 2014.
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