EPA Fuel Economy: 25/37 mpg
The Chevrolet Malibu Eco has the lowest fuel-economy ratings of this group. That’s not only because the big car is quite heavy, at 3620 pounds, but also because the sedan has a relatively simple hybrid drivetrain called eAssist. The belt-driven electric motor can only provide 15 hp and 79 lb-ft of assistance, and the Malibu Eco cannot drive solely on electrical power like other hybrids. That means the 182-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine must always burn fuel to motivate the Malibu, even if it can shut off when the car comes to a stop.
The good news is that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is still a very pleasant big sedan. Its four rectangular taillights are meant to remind viewers of the Camaro sports car, and interior room is plentiful. In addition to this hybrid powertrain, there are two other traditional drivetrains. Most buyers will gravitate to the cheaper 2.5-liter inline-four engine, rated for 197 hp and 22/34 mpg. Enthusiasts might want to consider the Malibu Turbo, which has a 2.0-liter turbo-four good for 259 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.