The Chevrolet Malibu Turbo, the vehicle’s most athletic variant, comes back from its EPA testing rating it at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With the fuel economy comes a 259-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with its 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque achieved between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm. This output gives the casual-looking car enough gusto to run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph.
These numbers appear substantial, but we should account for rivals such as the Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which brings to the table 274 horsepower and 33 highway miles per gallon. On paper, the Korean seems to have the edge over the American. But how will they do side-by-side, with all intangibles evaluated? We hope to soon find out.
In the meantime, below is a video showcasing the Malibu Turbo unleashed around the Milford Road Course: