2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid - Road Test Specs

2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. Hybrid 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
ModelMalibu Hybrid
Style4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 4A)
Base MSRP$25,555
Options on test vehicleCalifornia Emissions, Body-Color Body-Side Moldings, Power Tilt-Sliding Sunroof, Six-Way Power Driver Seat Adjuster
As-tested MSRP$27,375


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,384cc (145 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline (rpm)6,700
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)164 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)159 @ 5,000
Transmission type4-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=2.95; II=1.62; III=1.00; IV=0.68; R=2.14; Final Drive=3.05


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4:1
Tire brandFirestone
Tire modelFR710
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP215/55R17
Tire size, rearP215/55R17
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.3
0-60 mph (sec.)10.1
0-75 mph (sec.)14.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 82.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.9
@ Full throttle (dB)74.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSah-low! I was a bit surprised to experience actual gearchanges, which is different from other hybrid vehicles. A slight delay from a stop if engine is not running.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsPedal has no feedback to speak of, but system seems to be adequate for fade and power.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Zero steering info or feel. Easily approached limit with moderate understeer. With VDC on, it nearly matches VDC off with very little intervention. Slalom: More trustworthy than I ever expected, with good transitional behavior and ample grip -- feels like all the weight is carried low in the car. Will eventually oversteer with VDC off, but not with it on.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)71
Wind (mph, direction)2 mph W

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 city/34 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)23
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)N/A
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,553
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)191.8
Width (in.)70.3
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)112.3
Track, front (in.)59.6
Track, rear (in.)60.0
Turning circle (ft.)40.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)37.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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