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.
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