The Malibu Hybrid won’t win many drag races, but it’s a respectable performer for a hybrid. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, and the torque from the electric motors makes the power easily accessible. The car is capable of going 55 miles on electricity alone, and it’s refined and quiet even with the gas engine. There’s not even much of a weight penalty – the hybrid weighs about 3,500 pounds, which is just a few hundred more than the regular sedan. At 46 miles per gallon combined, fuel economy is excellent.
Still, the Malibu Hybrid doesn’t have all the bases covered. There’s no selectable EV mode, so drivers can’t choose when they want their engine to avoid the gas. The handling is composed but numb, and it'll disappoint those who look for entertainment in the driver’s seat.