Solid feeling, beautiful, efficient sedan
This is a review of a new vehicle purchase. We've had the car for 3 weeks and are very impressed. I've been a long time Toyota and Honda fan, but decided to shop around a bit before choosing one again.
The Malibu's styling is what originally caught our eye. Chevrolet has designed a beautiful and sporty looking sedan. The second was the availability of its Eco trim with the mild hybrid eAssist engine.
So far we have found the car to be VERY quiet with an excellent ride. The interior is very well put together with a solid feel, beautiful styling and a great touchscreen stereo/climate control system. It works nicely with my iPad through a USB port.
Although the battery is in the trunk space, there is pass-through access via a fold down rear seat, and the 13 sq foot remaining trunk is well shaped and functional.
The engine has plenty of power for normal driving, and we averaged 32 MPG on our third tank. This was after giving it a few hundred miles to break in.
We cross-shopped a VW Passat TDI, a Honda Accord LX, a Toyota Camry Hybrid, and a Ford Fusion. Some of those cars posted better mileage, but none were less expensive with the same options as this Malibu. In fact it was several thousand dollars cheaper.
This is my first new Chevrolet, so I'll follow-up with reliability, but so far we are VERY impressed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2013