But Edmunds decided to take it a step further, comparing the 2016 Malibu Hybrid to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Essentially, the Malibu Hybrid acts like a Volt without a battery charge. The Malibu Hybrid works by regenerative braking and the engine charging the mild hybrid system. As Edmunds notes, it’s like a Volt minus the plug.
This makes for torque-filled acceleration, and a pretty smooth transition to gasoline power should the engine kick in to help. And it’s roomier than a Volt, too.
Is it really valid to compare the two? Not really, they’re very different cars. But we get the gist of it, and 40 mpg from a midsize sedan is more than respectable. It’s good to see GM building not only great trucks, but great cars again.