With the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, customers will find 3 more combined miles per gallon over the base 2.5L model. At the same time, the vehicle is also $3,000 more expensive, and sacrifices three cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk due to the placement of the battery. To many, the premium doesn’t seem worth it, be it due to the base-engine Malibu being just as nice inside and out while maintaining a lower price, or the fact that competitive models achieve better fuel economy for less — such as the Nissan Altima.
As a result, the current take rate on the Malibu Eco is 8 percent of all current Malibu sales, coming under GM’s initial forecast of 10 percent, according to Automotive News. GM is more than likely aware of how the Malibu’s numbers currently stack against the competition across the board, and we can probably expect a significant powertrain change-up with the refreshed model arriving soon.