Perhaps a little disappointing for those who had their eyes on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, GM is estimating that its entry-level 2.5-liter model will get an EPA rated 22-mpg city, 34-mpg highway.
While not confirmed by the EPA, the numbers fall well short of the base Nissan Altima, which is rated at a class leading 27-mpg city and 38-mpg highway. The new ‘Bu is also behind the base Toyota Camry which is ranked at 25-mpg city and 35-mpg highway.
Importantly, however, the new Malibu should come out on top when paired up against the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion, which in base trim is estimated to get 22/33 mpg. Ford will offer a 1.6-liter EcoBoost Fusion as well, which is expected to achieve 26/37 mpg, though at a price premium. And while that is right on par with the higher-mpg Malibu Eco model which is rated at 25/37 mpg, Ford will also offer a full hybrid capable of an estimated 44/47 mpg.
For more on GM’s eAssist mild-hybrid tech and why it isn’t competitive, click here.
I have to be honest I'm a little upset with the engine options.... i mean i'm all for the eco engines and such and i really do like this car's style but wouldn't buy it because it's just too slow.....i want the 3.6L back. i know it's not the fastest in the world but it gets reasonable mileage and you can have a little bit of fun when you're driving it
2.0T comes in the fall or winter with 259 horsepower/260 ft-lbs of torque. If its like the previous gen Ecotec turbo, it'll respond well to mods if not offer a stage two kit from the dealer. The Cobalt SS and Solstice GXP could be boosted to 295 hp/320 ft-lbs and retain the factory warranty.
I agree, my 2013 Malibu with the 2.5L-4,with 197 HP does well from stop light to stop light and should get in the low 30s on long trips and about 22-24 around town. The new Malibu has more zip than our 2011 Regal CXL with the 2.4L-4 and it got about 32 on the highway and about 22-23 around town.
It is just a common misconception that bigger is always better. The engines have become more refined with time, and the newer smaller engines are able to do more. If someone want buy the new malibu because it doesnt come with a v6 then they need to take the horse blinders off...
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