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2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.2

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid delivers good overall performance with well-rounded handling and brisk acceleration. It also returns excellent fuel economy.

  • "Despite its size and non-sporty positioning, the Malibu corners with more athleticism than some other family sedans. The all-season tires loudly howl when pushed, but the car remains composed and predictable. It's confident in evasive maneuvers and even provides some fun for the driver." -- Edmunds
  • "We had a brief drive time in the hybrid and found it almost like the un-hybrid: Except for the badging, you would be hard pressed to find many dissimilarities from the standard drivetrain models." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "But on our brief drives, we found the Malibu Hybrid an exceptionally pleasant car to spend time in." -- Yahoo Autos (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that produce a total of 182 horsepower. The car gets up to 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, which are among the highest estimates in the class. Acceleration is swift from a stop, but the gasoline engine feels unrefined when getting up to higher speeds.

  • The Hybrid's smooth acceleration makes it feel more like an electric vehicle than other hybrids. Its gas engine is mostly noticeable when accelerating hard or climbing a hill." -- Edmunds
  • "Power delivery is responsive and capable. This car is no high-performance freeway blaster, but it takes a lot of the drudge and quite a bit of the expense out of commuting." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • The electric motor provides plenty of low-end grunt off the line, though the 1.8-liter engine felt coarser as it climbed up the rev range compared to the gas-only turbo engine options." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Handling and Braking

The Malibu Hybrid comes standard with front-wheel drive. It has a generally comfortable and forgiving ride quality, though critics disagree about other driving dynamics. Some think that the steering is responsive, while others note that it lacks feedback.

  • "The Malibu’s electric-assist steering is direct and nicely weighted while delivering good feedback. Although our Malibu’s big 19-inch wheel/tire setup should have made for a jarring ride, such was not the case. The well-sorted suspension, with a multilink rear, absorbs bumps just as easily as it tackles tight corners and rapid lane changes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Confident hybrid brakes offer consistent and even pedal feel. … The steering is low on feedback, and its initial turn-in is a bit rubbery, but the turning effort is consistent. It's responsive enough to instill confidence and can keep up with those who drive exuberantly." -- Edmunds
  • "The ride quality is serene and unruffled." -- Autotrader (2018)
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