2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review
Pros & Cons
- Handsome styling inside and out, comfortable seats, good fit and finish, smooth ride, hushed cabin, high crash test scores.
- Electric motor provides negligible fuel economy and performance benefits, some low-grade cabin materials, no rear center armrest, lifeless steering.
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Most helpful consumer reviews
4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 4A)
Follow up after 6 yrs... Im 1st owner. It had top safety award for 2009. Came equipped with corvette tires, it handles with amazement. Its used mainly to drive to work and back home, a hilly round trip of about 45 miles. The trip has about 25 miles of highway (50 mph, with 3 stop lights), and the rest is stop and go city driving. It averaged 27-28 when new, now its 30-31 MPG at 45,000 miles on it. Mileage seems to get better with each oil change (every 6K miles) A HUGE gas factor is using the AUTOMATIC climate system (both on AUTO setting, use defrost only when needed). So far, the car has performed without problems (the 24 volt battery did have to be replaced, but under warranty).
My wife gets compliments all the time. People are surprised it is a Malibu (considering the previous old boxy style). The car looks great, could be a bit more peppy but gets the job done. We have had zero mechanical problems, Gas in this car seems to last for ever. We average around 30mpg in mixed city and highway driving (not bad for a mid size sedan). Sound system great, lots of little nooks to holds stuff, lots of trunk space, comes with XM, on- star is cooler than I thought with turn by turn GPS and the emailed mechanical reports. Overall, this car has a lot of cool features for the money, the coolest is the motor shuts off while stopped in traffic to save gas (why didn't I think that?)
We traded in our 1 year old 2009 Malibu LS for a 2009 Malibu Hybrid 4 months ago. After rebates we spent $3k and the government will be giving us $1550 back. What a steal. We love the car and our salesman. It gets about 37 mpg on a trip or about 6 mpg, on average better than our non hybrid Malibu did. This car has to be the most underrated and thus biggest bargain out there. They are giving them away. We did not loose 20% as we drove it off the show room floor. The Kelly "trade in" for the Hybrid is more than we paid for both Malibus combined. We didn't fully appreciate the car until we had driven it for a few months. We love the way it slows you down without touching the brakes.
This vehicle is my daily driver. It will definitely exceed the EPA listed mileage. I'm currently averaging 35+ mpg in mixed city/highway driving. Given the nature of this car, performance was not at the top of my list, but it will move when you ask it to, and get solid mileage the rest of the time.
Features & Specs
2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 4A
26 city / 34 hwy
164 hp @ 6400 rpm