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2015 Chevrolet Malibu Overview



TrueDelta Reviews the Gas Mileage of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Gas Mileage: Neutral
YearComment
2016 When fitted with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the 2016 Malibu scores a little better in the EPA's fuel economy tests than the 2013-2015's with the same engine but two fewer transmission ratios did, 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway vs. 21 and 30. This improvement places it about even with the performance-oriented engines in competitors. For example, the Kia Optima SX scores 22/32. In my real-world suburban driving, the trip computer reported averages as high as 29.5. When I used much of the engine's potential averages close to the EPA city rating happened. On a 70-mph highway the trip computer reported an average of 32.8, very close to the EPA rating. For the week overall I averaged 23.6 mpg, good for a car of the Malibu Premier's size, power, and quietness. I oberved similar real world fuel economy in the Kia Optima SX, with a suburban best of 30.1. Of course, buyers who care greatly about fuel economy will opt for a less powerful engine. The new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, though still paired with the old six-speed automatic, achieves 27/37. The non-turbo 2.5-liter engine it replaces underwhelmed with 22/34 for 2013 but managed 25/36 after tweaks made for 2014. The real fuel economy star will be the upcoming Malibu Hybrid. Employing a powertrain based on that in the Volt, but with a stronger engine and much smaller battery pack (you can't plug it in), the hybrid has scored 47 mpg city, 46 mpg highway. It will cost $2,750 more than a Malibu with the 1.5T engine and $1,240 more than one with the 2.0T engine (when similarly equipped). full 2016 Chevrolet Malibu review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Gas Mileage of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr Sedan 196-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We are seeing beteer fuel economy over our 2009 Malibu w/2.5L 4-cyl engine. Just turned 5,000 miles & have gotten just under 34 MPG on hwy & 28 MPG around town. I expect this to improve, especially the hwy MPG. full 2014 Chevrolet Malibu review
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far the dash display average is fluctuating between 37 and 40 mpg with mixed interstate (65%)/suburban (35%), "light accelerator foot," speed limit driving; at least 40% better than my prior V6 Toyota Solara. full 2013 Chevrolet Malibu review
2012 4dr Sedan 169-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Wanted something fairly roomy, but cheap to run. It has filled the bill in that respect. full 2012 Chevrolet Malibu review
 
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