With the constant search for the perfect practical everyday vehicle, most consumers are joining in the rush to get crossovers, while the Chevrolet Malibu is the traditional family sedan that’s likely to be left out in exchange for a crossover, rising gas prices are also a thing, and the market share is being tugged by family hybrid sedans, and as such, that’s where the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid becomes sensible with its best in class interior space, maybe until companies start rolling out hybrid crossovers then we’ll be seeing crossovers everywhere.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Has Clever use of Cabin Space
Except for a discreet H badge stuck on the right side of the trunklid, there’s not much to differentiate the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid from the regular ‘Bu, there’s no efficiency-function and form bits to detract from the new Malibu’s attractive proportions and elegant surface sculpting. The hood design provide excellent forward visibility as well as a sleek silhouette. Under the said hood is the Voltec hybrid engine comprised of a 1.8-Liter 4 cylinder putting out 122hp along with two permanent magnet AC electric motors churning out 102hp and 74hp respectively. The efficient power plant is mated to an efficient CVT transmission.
The 2016 Hybrid lives near the top of the Malibu trim lineup. The interior includes relatively humble diamond-pattern cloth upholstery with optional leather. Features include dual-zone automatic climate control, power everything, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. As for interior space, the engineers at Chevy cleverly designed the hybrid bits to fit on existing areas only sacrificing 4 cubic feet of trunk space for the batteries but the hybrid power plant fits snugly under the hood making for little changes in cabin space, preserving the best in class interior room.
Despite its hybrid-efficiency-oriented designation, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is a pleasure to drive. It steps through four hybrid modes without the ruckus and annoying droning inherent to CVT transmissions. With no tachometer on the dash and the Voltec hybrid motor humming away, it’s hard to tell whether the engine or one of the electric motors is providing most of the propulsion torque. Keep in mind the Malibu is a hybrid which still uses petrol and just relies on the battery for fuel economy; that said, pure battery power only lasts for less than 5 miles.
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