A hybrid in a Malibu
The Chevy Malibu is the nicest Chevy for its price that I have driven in years. Kudos to the designers and the engineers. Chevy has a winner on their hands.
|Models:||Chevrolet Malibu LS, LT, LTZ, and Hybrid|
|Body style / driveline:||sedan / front-engine, front-wheel drive|
|EPA vehicle class:||midsize car|
|Manufacturing location:||Fairfax Assembly Plant, Kansas City, Kan.|
There are two engines;
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||Ecotec 2.4 literVVT (includes hybrid)
169 / 126 @ 6400*
|3.6 liter V-6 DOHC with VVT
252 / 188 @ 6300*
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm):||160 / 217 @ 4500*
159 / 215 @ 5000* – Hybrid
|251 / 340 @ 3200*|
The 2008 Malibu pricing starts at $19,995 for the base LS, including an automatic transmission. The MSRP for the 1LT is $20,955, and the 2LT is $22,635; the LTZ starts at $26,995, and the Malibu mild-Hybrid carries an MSRP of $22,790. Prices for all models include a $650 destination charge.
The mild-hybrid only gets two more miles per gallon than the plain ole’ internal combustion engine (ICE). You can get up to $1,800 federal tax credit for the Malibu hybrid, leaving you with a net increase of $500 in cost.
I would opt for the ICE till General Motor’s two-mode comes out.
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