CMF Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: RTP Area, North Carolina
Re: New Malibu questions
I have the 2L turbo/ 9 speed (2017 Premier). While the mpg's aren't as good as the 1.5L they're not shabby. I routinely get 24mpg in the city, 35-36 mpg freeway (not computer measured, it's my measurements via the trip odometer and the gas station pump readings). The owner's manual does recommend running premium, so I usually run Shell premium, occasionally in the winter I run 50/50 premium/regular. The 2L is more refined than the 1.5L if that's worth anything to you, it's a quieter engine than the 1.5L, idle is nearly imperceptible and the power under foot is rather fun at times.
It really surprises me I get fuel economy in this big car that's better than my '05 Mazda 3, both city and freeway. My Malibu so far has easily beaten the EPA numbers.