2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Returns 46 MPG

Impressive figures for Volt-based powertrain.

The Volt isn't the only efficient hybrid in the Chevrolet showroom, as the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will return 47 mpg city, 46 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined. That's one of the best combined fuel-efficiency ratings for any hybrid midsize sedan.

In terms of city and combined fuel efficiency, the Malibu Hybrid comes in second place behind the Honda Accord Hybrid, which manages 50 mpg city and 47 mpg combined. The Chevrolet also trounces the Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry hybrids in terms of both city and combined mileage.

The secret to this efficiency is a new hybrid powertrain related to that in the Chevrolet Volt. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu uses a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a two-motor drive unit, along with a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. The car can drive at up to 53 mph on electricity alone, and has a total of 182 hp combined. Like all versions of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the hybrid sedan is more spacious and lighter than the old Malibu. Among the hybrid's most innovative features is Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery, which uses heat that would otherwise be wasted to warm the cabin.

Starting from $28,645, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT comes standard with 10 airbags, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a backup camera, and push-button start. Options include safety functions like lane-keep assist and pre-collision braking.

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