2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco — Flash drive
This 2013 review is representative of model years 2013 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Chevrolet Malibu Eco is a hybrid car, but the hybrid personality is so subtle that you can hardly tell. Even the fuel economy doesn't convince you. The Malibu Eco delivered only 24 mpg on routes where other hybrid cars routinely deliver over 30 mpg. So what is the point? Why spend the money on batteries? Why add the complexity when the only reward is mediocre fuel economy? The Chevrolet Malibu Eco makes no sense to me. If this car only had a conventional drivetrain it would be a straightforward, attractively styled, satisfying to drive, impressive effort from an American car company. If only. – Paul Hagger
The Malibu got a redesign for the 2013 model year and the result is quite impressive. The exterior has a fresh look, but where the Malibu really stands out is with the changes on the inside. Materials are high quality and attractive lighting surrounds the passengers. All the old LED readouts have been replaced by high-resolution video screens. The main display feels like a smartphone featuring large icons that make it easy to navigate. The Eco version of the Malibu is indeed economical, but as a mild hybrid, it can't compete with full hybrid sedans, except in price — the Malibu Eco is about $3,000 less than a Ford Fusion Hybrid. However, the added boost of the electric motor does help provide decent acceleration, and I did see 25 mpg on average in the city, which is certainly not bad for a proper family sedan. – Perry Stern