08 Oct '15, 4am

Why the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Gets Better MPG Than The 2016 Chevy Volt

Why the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Gets Better MPG Than The 2016 Chevy Volt

What mystery? How the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid gets an estimated 5 mpg better mpg than the 2016 Volt when running in gas-burning hybrid mode even though both use the same essential “drive unit,” or gas-electric transaxle. The 1.5-liter compact-class Volt is a 53-mile extended-range EV, but in gas operation after the battery is depleted, it essentially morphs back to a 42 mpg hybrid. The 1.8-liter midsized Malibu is a full time hybrid with preliminary mpg estimated at 47 mpg, has more power and is physically larger as well. To observant readers, something did not check this spring when the hybrid Malibu was introduced . The Volt had been revealed with fanfare in January, and General Motors made quite the to-do about the Malibu being co-developed with the Volt to set a new benchmark in efficiency. But, some reasoned, if the Volt was the new “halo” eco car for General Motors,...

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