Imagine bringing your 2009 Malibu Hybrid in for an oil change and driving away in a brand new 2013 Malibu Eco. Quite the upgrade, huh?
That’s what Janeise and Talfred Hunt did this week in Romeoville, Ill, becoming the first customers to purchase the all-new 2013 Malibu Eco. The mild hybrid midsized sedan achieves a GM-estimated 25 miles-per-gallon in the city and 37 on the highway by integrating fuel-saving technologies such as start-stop, regenerative braking, and a lightweight lithium-ion battery to provide an electric boost in certain driving situations. The result is a 12 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to an equivalent vehicle powered solely by an internal combustion engine. The Malibu Eco carries an MSRP of $25,995 including a $760 destination charge.
Congrats to the Hunts for a great decision well-made! Our question is whether Chevy’s new midsizer will be able to close the gap on the segment sales leader — the Toyota Camry.
While you’re at it, be sure to read our first drive of the new Malibu Eco right here.